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1996 Dodge Dakota 3.9 Starts and then shortly after dies. I can keep it running by giving it gas. I have cleaned the throttle body and replaced the PCV Valve. Does same thing. What other problems could be causing this?

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Replace the battery

Posted on Sep 18, 2010

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The Pcv Valve never really needs changing. It only regulates air flow thru the crank case, and can be cleaned ,with brake clean or mineral spirits. It has nothing to do other than that.
Cleaning the Throttle Body does little either,other than making it look nicer,unless it is sticking.
You may want to check out the Air Idle Control Valve or Solenoid,on the throttle body. That, you may be able to clean and free it up, or replace.
If getting it to idle and stay running is your only issue,I hope that helps.
If other issues, tell us what they are.

Posted on Sep 01, 2010

  • mschlaner Mar 14, 2011

    I have dodge dakota that has a leaky head gasket - It was driven for a while and then stalled out. I can get it to turn over only when the gas is depressed and runs rough if I hold the gas down. When I let go of the gas it dies. My understanding is that a leaky head gasket would not cause this - Any suggestions as to what to check for?

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2011

    If you have a bad head gasket it has to be replaced

    You do not drive the vehicle at all,until you determine
    what your issues are,or you will ruin the engine,if you
    haven't already.

    You can do wet

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