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Losing Power 1998 Dodge Dakota 4 cyl. 2wd. 5 speed. I lose power going up hills. And I have tried everything from new plugs and plug wires to injection cleaner and even bumped up my time. Nothing works. Any ideas?

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  • Matthew1989 Jun 13, 2008

    What I mean by losing power is that I will be doing about 60 up a small incline and it will slow down to about 45 and I have to down shift to get the rest of the way up it.

  • Fixmeplis Apr 14, 2009

    I have the same problem on my 2002 Dakota. Only it will only give me 20km/hour up a hill, together with an awful sound coming from underneath it, as if it was loosing air from somewhere.

    Scan showed a problem in the engine computer, i changed it, its worse. Please, if anyone has a clue on how to solve it

  • Marty marty May 11, 2010

    how many miles on engine?

  • Marty marty May 11, 2010


    • try a new fuel filter lately?


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2.5L is really lacking on power. what had to do is route the air inlet tube for the filter box to the front of the truck right beside the radiator that what it pushes air into the motor and have more power. now the truck gets better gas mileage and has more power to get over the hill. only thing is the filter gets dirty more often and gas mileage goes down in the winter cause the cold air makes it use more gas

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Hows the rings is it blowing blue smoke also hows the head gasket both could be possible but hard to diagnose without seeing it anything else you can add?

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