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2004 Dodge Dakota Manual

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  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 1
    ... 6 7 8 9 10 INTRODUCTION TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE ...3 1 ...7 2 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE INSTRUMENT PANEL AND CONTROLS STARTING AND OPERATING ...55 3 ...93 4 ...141 5 ...207 6 ...219 7 ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 2
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 3
    INTRODUCTION CONTENTS Introduction ...4 How To Use This Manual ...4 Warnings And Cautions ...5 Vehicle Identification Number ...5 Vehicle Modifications / Alterations ...5 1
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 4
    ...You are urged to read these publications carefully. Following the instructions and recommendations in this manual will help assure safe and enjoyable operation of... section contains the information you desire. The detailed index, at the rear of this manual, contains a complete listing of all subjects.
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 5
    INTRODUCTION 5 WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS This manual contains WARNINGS against operating procedures which could .... If you do not read this entire manual you may miss important information. Observe...(VIN) is found on a stamped plate located on the left front corner of the instrument panel pad, visible from...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 6
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 7
    ... Lock - If Equipped ...11 ▫ Manual Transmissions ...11 ▫ Automatic Transmissions ...12 Illuminated Entry ...... Door Locks ...12 Door Locks ...13 ▫ Manual Locks ...13 ▫ Power Door Locks -... Information ...20 ▫ Transmitter Battery Service ...21 Security Alarm System - If Equipped ...21 ▫...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 8
    ... Belt Anchorage ...29 ▫ Seat Belt Pretensioners-Quad Cab Only ...29 ▫ Front Lap Belts ...30 ▫ Seat Belts And Pregnant Women ...30 ▫ Seat Belt Extender ...31 ▫ Driver And Right Front Passenger Supplemental Restraint System-Airbag ...31 ▫ Child ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 9
    .... Use of these systems may result in vehicle starting problems and a loss of security protection. Additional Sentry Keys or Mobil ... key when starting the engine may cause vehicle starting problems. If a problem occurs, remove the Sentry Key from the key-ring and attempt to start the vehicle again. ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 10
    ...vehicle have been programmed to the vehicle electronics. Replacement Keys NOTE: Only keys that have ...digit PIN number. This number is required for dealer replacement of keys. Duplication of keys may be performed ...needs to be cut. NOTE: When having the Sentry Key System serviced, bring all vehicle keys...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 11
    ...TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 11 General Information This device complies with part 15 of ... IGNITION AND STEERING LOCK - IF EQUIPPED Manual Transmissions Depress and hold the release button... and the instrument panel. Turn the ignition key to LOCK and remove the key. 2 Manual Transmissions
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 12
    12 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Automatic Transmissions In the LOCK position, the steering and ignition systems are locked to provide antitheft protection for your vehicle. It may be difficult to turn the key from the LOCK position when starting ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 13
    ...and a door is left open or the dimmer control is in the interior lights ON position or cargo light ON position. DOOR LOCKS Manual Locks Front doors may be locked, sliding the lock knob rearward. When the orange indicator is visible the lock knob is in the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 14
    14 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Power Door Locks - If Equipped Vehicles equipped with power door locks... locked or unlocked from inside by either the use of the door lock switches located on the front doors or by pressing the LOCK or UNLOCK buttons on the Remote Keyless Entry key fob...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 15
    ... using the following procedure: 1. Enter your vehicle and close all doors. 2. Fasten your seat belt (Fastening the seat belt will cancel any chiming that may ... the OFF position to the ON position four times; ending in the OFF position ( Do not start the engine ). 5. Within 30 seconds, ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 16
    16 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE Child Protection Door Lock To provide a safer environment for small children riding in the rear seats, the rear doors are equipped with a child protection door lock system. This label is located near the lock ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 17
    ...using the following procedure: 1. Enter your vehicle and close all doors. 2. Fasten your seat belt. (Fastening the seat belt will cancel any chiming that may ...from the OFF position to the ON position four times; ending in the ON position ( Do not start the engine ). 5. Within 30 seconds,...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 18
    ... lock all doors. If the ignition is OFF, when the doors are locked, the parking lights will flash on once and the horn will chirp once... using the following procedure: 1. Enter your vehicle and close all doors. 2. Fasten your seat belt (Fastening the seat belt will cancel any chiming that may confuse...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 19
    ... button on the transmitter a second time. Panic mode will automatically cancel after 3 minutes or if the vehicle is started and exceeds 15 mph... to program additional key fobs: 1. Enter your vehicle and close all doors. 2. Fasten your seat belt (Fastening the seatbelt will cancel any chiming that may ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 20
    20 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 8. Using the fob to be programmed, press and release both the LOCK and ...have a programmed transmitter, contact your dealer for details. General Information This device complies with part 15 of FCC rules and with RS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 21
    THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 21 Transmitter Battery Service 2. Remove and replace the batteries. Avoid touching the new ...in the instrument cluster will flash rapidly to signal that the system is 2 The recommended replacement battery is 2016. NOTE: Do not touch ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 22
    ... flash rapidly for about 15 seconds to indicate that the alarm is being set. After the alarm is set, the security light will flash at a slower rate to indicate that the system is armed. NOTE: If the SECURITY light stays on continuously during vehicle operation, ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 23
    ...window controls, press the window control button again. 2 The control on the left front door panel has up-down switches that give you ... all power windows. There is a single opening and closing switch on the front passenger door for passenger window control and on the rear doors of Quad Cab models. ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 24
    ... RESTRAINTS Some of the most important safety features in your vehicle are the restraint systems. These include the front and rear seat belts for the driver and all passengers, and front airbags for both the driver and front passenger. If you will be...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 25
    ... the vehicle. Everyone in a motor vehicle should be belted at all times. Lap/Shoulder Belts The outboard front and rear seats of your vehicle have combination lap/shoulder belts. The belt webbing retractor is designed to lock during very sudden stops ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 26
    ... 1. Enter the vehicle and close the door. Sit back and adjust the seat. 2. The seat belt latch plate is above the back of the front seat, next to your arm in the rear seat. Grasp the latch plate and pull out the belt. Slide the latch plate up the...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 27
    THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 27 WARNING! • A belt buckled into the wrong buckle will not protect ... well. In a sudden stop you could move too far forward, increasing the possibility of injury. Wear your seat belt snugly. • A belt that is worn under your arm is very dangerous. Your ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 28
    28 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 4. Position the lap belt across your thighs,... can increase the risk of internal injury in a collision. The belt forces won't be at the strong hip and ... dealer and have it fixed. 5. Position the shoulder belt on your chest so that it is comfortable and ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 29
    ... periodically, checking for cuts, frays, or loose parts. Damaged parts must be replaced immediately. Do not disassemble or modify the system. Seat belt assemblies must be replaced after a collision if they have been damaged (bent retractor, torn ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 30
    ...airbags, the pretensioners are single use items. After a collision that is severe enough to deploy the airbags and pretensioners, both must be replaced. Front Lap Belts The center seating positions have a lap belt only. To fasten the lap belt,...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 31
    THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 31 Seat Belt Extender If a seat belt is too... Passenger Supplemental Restraint System-Airbag This vehicle has front airbags for both the driver and front passenger as a supplement to the seat belt restraint systems. The driver's front airbag is mounted ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 32
    ... panel knee bolsters to provide improved protection for the driver and front passenger. The seat belts are designed to protect you in ..., if available. • Infants in rear facing child restraints must NEVER ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger front airbag unless the airbag is turned ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 33
    THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 33 • The driver and front passenger seats should be moved back as far as practical to allow the airbag room to inflate. • AIRBAG Readiness Light • Driver Airbag • Passenger Airbag • Steering Wheel and Column • ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 34
    ... airbag control module also monitors the readiness of the electronic parts of the system whenever the ignition switch is in the START or RUN positions. These include all ... • is an infant (less than 1 year old) who must ride in the front seat because there is no rear seat, because the rear WARNING!...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 35
    ...the infant has a medical condition which makes it necessary for the driver to be able to see the infant, • is a child, age 1 to 12 who must ride in the front seat because there is no rear seat, because there is no rear seat position available, or because ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 36
    ... abrasions and/or skin reddening to the driver and front passenger as the airbags deploy and... skin or eye irritation, rinse the area with cool water. For nose or throat irritation, move... on your clothing, follow the garment manufacturers instructions for cleaning. • It is not advisable to drive your...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 37
    ... airbags can't protect you in another collision. Have the airbags replaced by an authorized dealer as soon as possible. Enhanced Accident Response System If the airbags ... there to protect you. Do not modify the components or wiring, including adding any kind of badges or stickers to...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 38
    ... 12 years and under should ride properly buckled up in a rear seat, if available. According to crash statistics, children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seats rather than in the front. WARNING! In a collision, an unrestrained child, even a tiny baby, can become a...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 39
    ...restraints for children from newborn size to the child almost large enough for the adult seat belt. Use ... in the vehicle. Convertible child seats often have a higher weight limit in the rearward-facing ... must NEVER be used in the front seat of a vehicle with a front passenger airbag unless the airbag ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 40
    .... • A rearward facing child restraint should only be used in a rear seat, or in the front seat if the passenger's front airbag is Off. If the airbag is left On, a rearward facing child restraint in the front seat may be struck by a deploying passenger airbag which may cause ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 41
    THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 41 • In the rear seat, you may have trouble tightening the lap/shoulder belt on the child restraint because the buckle or latch plate is too close to the belt path opening on the restraint. Disconnect the latch plate from ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 42
    ... for CHildren. LATCH child restraint anchorage systems are installed in the Standard Cab passenger seat position, the Club Cab front passenger and rear outboard right side positions and ... (refer to Child Restraint Tether Anchor later in this section). Standard and Club Cab Front Seat
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 43
    THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 43 2 Club Cab Rear Right Seat Quad Cab Rear Right Seat
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 44
    ... LATCH compatible, install the restraint using the vehicle seat belting. Quad Cab Rear Left Seat NOTE: For children riding in the front seat of a Standard Cab model refer to the "Passenger Airbag On/Off Switch" located in this section. Child...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 45
    ... restraint systems equipped with LATCH attachments in the center position of a Quad Cab model rear seat. The... may be placed in the rear center seating position of a Quad Cab model using the seat belt and... rearward and downward into the seat. Not all child restraint systems will be installed as we have...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 46
    ... ring. WARNING! With a child restraint installed in the rear driver or passenger side locations, use care when adjusting the front seat(s) rearward, to avoid the front seat back coming in contact with the belted child directly behind the seat. The child could ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 47
    ... straps are pulled tight. Tether Straps at the Front Center Seat (Regular Cab With Any Bench Seat) ... metal ring), located directly behind the center seat. 3. Route the tether strap across to the anchor strap installed directly behind the passenger's seat location, and attach the tether strap hook ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 48
    ... the slack in the tether strap so that it is pulled tight. Regular Cab With Any Bench Seat Tether Strap at the Front Passenger Seat (Club Cab) 1. Route the child restraint tether strap up and over the front passenger seat back. 2. Connect the tether strap to the lower ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 49
    THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 49 Tether Straps at the Rear Passenger Seat (Club Cab and Quad Cab Rear Seats) 1. Route the child restraint tether strap through the anchor strap inner loop (loop with metal ring attached), located directly behind the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 50
    ...2. After following step 1 for either of the two outer seats, route the tether strap hook to the metal ring on the inner loop behind the center seat and attach the hook to the metal ring. ... ring on the inner loop, located behind the passenger's seat. Attach the tether strap hook to the metal ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 51
    THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 51 2 Multiple Child Restraint
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 52
    ...large enough to wear the shoulder belt comfortably, and whose legs are long enough to bend over the front of the seat when their back is against the seat back should use the lap/shoulder belt in a rear seat. • Make sure that the child is upright in the seat. • ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 53
    ...of the vehicle. Have a competent mechanic inspect the complete exhaust system and adjacent body areas for broken, damaged, deteriorated or... In addition, inspect the exhaust system each time the vehicle is raised for lubrication or oil change. Replace or adjust as required. 2 WARNING! Exhaust gases ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 54
    ... periodically, checking for cuts, frays and loose parts. Damaged parts must be replaced immediately. Do not disassemble or modify the system. Seat belt assemblies must be replaced after an accident if they have been damaged (bent retractor, torn ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 55
    ......61 ▫ Reclining Seats ...62 ▫ 6 - Way Power Seat Adjuster - Driver's Side Only ...63 ▫ Lumbar Support Adjustment - Power Seats Only ...63 ▫ Seatback Releases - ...▫ Club Cab Easy Entry System ...64 ▫ Club Cab/Quad Cab Rear Seat ...65 To Open And Close The Hood ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 56
    ... ▫ Reset Button ...77 ▫ Global Reset ...77 ▫ Step Button ...78 ▫ Average Fuel Economy (AVG ECO) ...78 ▫ Distance To Empty (DTE) ...78 ▫ Trip Odometer (ODO) ...78 ▫ Elapsed Time (ET) ...78 ▫ C/T Button ...79 ▫ Compass/Temperature Display ...79 ▫ Automatic Compass Calibration ...79
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 57
    UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 57 ▫ Manual Compass Calibration ...80 ▫ Outside Temperature ...81 Garage Door Opener ...81 ▫ Programming Homelink ...82 ▫ Canadian Programming/Gate Programming ...84 ▫ Using Homelink ...85 ▫ Erasing Homelink Buttons ...85 ▫ Reprogramming a ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 58
    ... should be adjusted to center on the view through the rear window. A two-point pivot system allows for horizontal and vertical adjustment of the mirror. Annoying ... small control under the mirror to the night position (toward rear of truck). The mirror should be adjusted while set in ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 59
    UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 59 Automatic Dimming Mirror- If Equipped This mirror will automatically adjust for annoying headlight glare from vehicles behind you. You can turn the feature on or off by pressing the button at the base of the mirror. A light in the button will ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 60
    60 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Electric Remote-Control Mirrors The controls for the power mirrors are located on the driver's door trim panel. Set the top switch to the left or right for the left or right mirror, and set it to the center off position to prevent accidentally ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 61
    ... or other object. Use your inside mirror when judging the size or distance of a vehicle seen in the right side mirror. Heated .... SEATS Seat Adjustment The adjusting lever is at the front of the seat, near the floor. Lift the lever and move the seat to the desired position. Using body pressure, move ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 62
    ... the seat could cause you to lose control. The seat belt might not be properly adjusted and you... be injured. Adjust any seat only while the vehicle is parked. Reclining Seats Both the bucket seats ...your chest. In a collision you could slide under the seat belt and be seriously or even fatally injured....
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 63
    ...periods of high deceleration, such as hard braking. Lumbar Support Adjustment - Power Seats Only Vehicles equipped with the power bucket seat or the ...40 split bench power are equipped with an adjustable lumbar support on the driver's seat. Rotating the lever on the left side of the...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 64
    ... Club or Quad Cab models only. CAUTION! When operating the folding front seat, use care in repositioning seat to its normal position. This will prevent shoulder belt harness from being caught behind seat or tangled in the seatback latching mechanism. To allow easier access to the rear ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 65
    ... any area of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and seat belts. Be sure everyone in your vehicle is... seat and using a seat belt properly. Club Cab/Quad Cab Rear Seat More cargo space is available by lifting... rear seat cushion. The Club Cab/Quad Cab rear seat is a 60/40 split cushion and full...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 66
    ... released. First pull the hood release lever located under the left side of the instrument panel. Second, locate the hood safety latch lever between the front grille openings to the left of center. Push this lever to the right to release the hood. To prevent possible damage, do not slam the hood ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 67
    ...your forward vision. Be sure all hood latches are fully latched before driving. LIGHTS Interior Lights 3 Courtesy and dome lights are turned on when the front doors are opened, when the dimmer control (rotating wheel on the right side of the switch) is rotated to the second upward detent position...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 68
    ... mode because it allows the doors to stay open for extended periods of time without discharging the vehicle's battery. The brightness of the instrument ... the headlamp switch ON then OFF or by turning the ignition ON. Headlights, Parking Lights, Panel Lights When the headlight switch is rotated to ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 69
    ... at less than 50% of normal intensity. If the parking brake is applied the Daytime Running Lights will turn off. Lights-on Reminder If the headlights, parking ... The foglights are turned ON by placing the headlight rotary control in the parking light or headlight position and pulling out ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 70
    ... the instrument cluster flashes to indicate the direction of the turn, and proper operation of the front and rear turn signal lights. If either indicator flashes at a faster rate, check for a defective outside light bulb. If an indicator fails to light when ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 71
    ... weather, always turn off the wiper switch and allow the wipers to return to the park position before turning off the engine. If the wiper switch is left on and the wipers freeze to the windshield, damage to the wiper motor may occur when the vehicle is restarted. Intermittent Wiper System 3
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 72
    ...than 10 mph (16 km/h), the delay time between wipes will be doubled, resulting in a longer time between wipes (1-36 seconds). Windshield Washers To use the washer, push... resume the intermittent interval The intermittent feature of this system was designed for use when weather conditions make...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 73
    ...wash knob is released. To prevent freeze-up of your windshield washer system in cold weather, select a solution or mixture that meets or exceeds the temperature range of your climate. This rating information can be found on most washer fluid containers. TILT STEERING COLUMN...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 74
    ... selected speed. To Deactivate A soft tap on the brake pedal, normal braking, clutch pressure while slowing ... use is dangerous. You could accidentally set the system to cause it to go faster than you ... control and have an accident. Always leave the system OFF when you aren't using it. To Activate ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 75
    ... Meters), or when the vehicle is heavily loaded (especially when towing) the vehicle may slow below the SET... speed. Vehicles equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission should be operated in 4th gear.... Vehicles equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission may exhibit several 4-3 downshifts under...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 76
    ... VEHICLE WARNING! Speed Control can be dangerous where the system can't maintain a constant speed. Your ... If Equipped Courtesy/Reading Lights Near the front of the console are two courtesy/reading lights. ... lights will remain on until the switch is pressed a second time, so be sure they have been ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 77
    ...from U.S. to metric measurement units. RESET Button 3 Use this button to reset the following displays to zero: Average Fuel Economy Trip Odometer Elapsed time. Global Reset If the RESET button is pressed twice within 3 seconds while in any of the 3 resetable displays, the Global Reset will reset ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 78
    ... distance traveled since the last reset. Use this button to choose or cycle through the four trip conditions. Average Fuel Economy (AVG ECO) This display shows the average fuel economy since the last reset. Elapsed Time (ET) This display shows the accumulated ignition ON time since the last reset.
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 79
    UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 79 C/T Button WARNING! Even if the display still reads a few degrees above 32°F ( 0°C), the road surface may be icy, particularly in woods or on bridges. Drive carefully under such conditions to prevent an accident and possible personal injury or ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 80
    80 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Manual Compass Calibration If the compass appears erratic and the CAL light does not appear, you must calibrate the compass. Find an open area away from large metal objects. With the ignition ON and the compass/temperature displayed, press and hold the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 81
    ...mph (30 km/h). GARAGE DOOR OPENER The HomeLink Universal Transceiver replaces up to three remote controls (hand held transmitters) that operate... Universal Transceiver operates off your vehicle's battery and charging system; no batteries are needed. 3 For additional information on HomeLink , call ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 82
    .... Programming HomeLink NOTE: When programming a garage door opener, it is advised to park outside the garage. It is also recommended that a new battery be placed ... device being programmed to HomeLink for quicker training and accurate transmission of the radio-frequency signal. 1. Press and hold the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 83
    ... not release the buttons until step 4 has been completed. NOTE: Some gate operators and garage door openers may require you to replace this Programming Step 3 with procedures noted in the Gate Operator/Canadian Programming section. 4. The HomeLink indicator light will flash slowly and then rapidly ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 84
    ... a third time to complete the programming. HomeLink should now activate your rolling code... transmitter signals to time-out (or quit) after several seconds of transmission which may... the Programming procedures (regardless of where you live), replace Programming HomeLink step 3 with the following: NOTE...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 85
    ... garage door opener, gate operator, security system, entry door lock, home/office ... transmitter of the device may also be used at any time. In the event that there are still programming difficulties ...) mode and can be programmed at any time beginning with Programming - step 2. Reprogramming a Single ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 86
    86 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE This device complies with part 15 of FCC rules and with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the following conditions: • This device may not cause harmful interference. • This device must accept any interference that may be received ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 87
    ...of high power draw accessories, or long periods of the vehicle not being started (with accessories still plugged in), the vehicle must be driven a sufficient length of time to allow the generator to recharge the vehicle's battery. 3
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 88
    ... the console storage compartment. The Floor Console, available with bucket seats, has the following features: • Miscellaneous storage compartments • ... cup holders fit a wide variety of cup and bottle sizes. To use the adjustable cup holders (only in automatic transmission vehicles) place your ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 89
    ... to the section on floor console. A removable pull-out two-cavity cup holder is available on all Quad Cab rear seats. It is stored in the front of the seat cushion and has two-way adjustable arms accommodating a wide range of cup sizes. A push-...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 90
    ... THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE When using your Quad Cab rear seat cup holder make sure that you pull the cup holder out fully to engage the ...document located in your Owner's Manual packet or available from your dealer. For safety reasons, follow all instructions on this important ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 91
    ... To mount a camper unit with an overhang, the tailgate can be removed. Unlatch tailgate and remove support cables from the retainer pins. Raise right side of...avoid inhaling carbon monoxide, which is deadly, the exhaust system on vehicles equipped with "Cap or Slide-In Campers" should...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 92
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 93
    ... ...105 ▫ Clock Setting Procedure ...105 Sales Code RAZ-AM/ FM Stereo Radio With... Changer Controls - If Equipped ...106 ▫ Operating Instructions - Radio ...106 ▫ Power Switch, Volume ... Change From Clock To Radio Mode ...109 ▫ Operating Instructions - Tape Player ...109 ▫ Seek Button ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 94
    ...Release ...110 ▫ Noise Reduction ...110 ▫ Operating Instructions - CD Player ...110 ▫ Inserting The Compact ... ...112 ▫ Tape CD Button ...112 ▫ Time Button ...112 ▫ Scan Button ...112 ... CD Changer Capability ...119 ▫ Operating Instructions ...119 ▫ Power Button ...120 ▫ Electronic ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 95
    ...Equipped ...122 ▫ Radio Display Messages ...124 Sales Code RBQ-AM/FM Stereo Radio With 6... ▫ CD Player Operation ...126 Remote Sound System Controls - If Equipped ...130 ▫ Radio Operation ......Operating Tips ...137 ▫ Operation Tips Chart ...139 Rear Window Defroster - Quad-Cab Only ...140...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 96
    96 INSTRUMENT PANEL AND CONTROLS INSTRUMENTS AND CONTROLS
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 97
    INSTRUMENT PANEL AND CONTROLS 97 FOUR GAUGE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER 4
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 98
    98 INSTRUMENT PANEL AND CONTROLS SIX GAUGE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 99
    ... temperature. Any reading within the normal range indicates that the cooling system is operating satisfactorily. The gage needle in V6 and... in hot weather, up mountain grades, in heavy traffic, or when towing a trailer. If the needle rises to 260° (hot mark), stop the vehicle, shift into N (Neutral)...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 100
    ... of the front and rear turn signal lights. If either indicator flashes at a faster rate than normal, check for a defective bulb. If either ... under normal operating conditions may indicate a lubrication system malfunction. Immediate service should be obtained. The oil gage does not...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 101
    INSTRUMENT PANEL AND CONTROLS 101 12. Seat Belt Reminder Light This light comes ...hydraulic system malfunction. In this case, the light will remain on until the cause is corrected. If the parking brake is applied, the light will flash when the gear position is out of park for automatic transmissions...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 102
    ... Light This light monitors the Anti-Lock Brake System which is described elsewhere in this manual. This light will come on when the... indicates that there is excessive transmission fluid temperature that might occur with severe usage such as trailer towing. If this light comes on, stop the vehicle and...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 103
    INSTRUMENT PANEL AND CONTROLS 103 23. Malfunction Indicator Light This light is part of an onboard diagnostic system which monitors the emissions and engine control ..., it suggests a potential engine control problem and the need for system service. Although your vehicle will usually ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 104
    ... soon as possible. CAUTION! Driving with a hot engine cooling system could damage your vehicle. ... off immediately, and call for service. WARNING! A hot engine cooling system is dangerous. You or ... hood yourself, see Section 7 of this manual. Follow the warnings under the Cooling System Pressure Cap ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 105
    ... system voltage. The light should turn on momentarily as the engine is started. If the light stays on or turns on while driving, it indicates a problem with the charging system. Immediate service should be obtained. ELECTRONIC DIGITAL CLOCK The clock and radio each ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 106
    106 INSTRUMENT PANEL AND CONTROLS SALES CODE RAZ-AM/ FM STEREO RADIO WITH CASSETTE ...5 seconds. If no action is taken during the 5 second time out the PTY icon will turn off. Pressing ... do not currently broadcast PTY information. Operating Instructions - Radio NOTE: Power to operate the radio is ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 107
    INSTRUMENT PANEL AND CONTROLS 107 Toggle the PTY button to select the following format types: Program Type Adult Hits Classical Classic Rock College Country Information Jazz Foreign Language News Nostalgia Oldies Personality Public Rhythm and Blues Religious Music Religious Talk Rock Radio Display...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 108
    ... and continuously updated while the button is turned. Fade The Fade control provides for balance between the front and rear speakers. Push in the button and it will pop... alternate frequency band. To stop the search, press SCAN a second time. To Set The Radio Push-button Memory When you ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 109
    ... 10 FM stations to be locked into memory. You can recall the stations stored in SET 2 memory by pressing the pushbutton twice... change the display between radio frequency and time. Operating Instructions - Tape Player Insert the cassette with the exposed tape side toward the right and the mechanical...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 110
    .... To turn off the Dolby Noise reduction System: Press the Dolby button (button 2) after ... is off. The Dolby System is automatically reactivated each time a tape is inserted. * "Dolby" noise... of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. Operating Instructions - CD Player NOTE: The ignition switch...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 111
    ...will accept 4 3⁄4 inch (12 cm) discs only. The use of other sized discs may damage the CD player mechanism. Inserting The Compact Disc ... display will show the track number and index time in minutes and seconds. Play will begin at the start of track one. NOTE: • You may eject a disc with the radio...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 112
    ... forward through the tracks. Press the FF button a second time to stop the fast forward feature. If TUNE RW ... track and begin playing. Press button 4 a second time to stop Random Play. MODE Press the ... select between CD player and Tape player. Time Button Press this button to change the display from ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 113
    ... mounted CD changer available through Mopar Accessories. The following instructions are for the radio controls that operate this CD changer. Mode Button To... can be cancelled by pressing the button a second time or by ejecting the CD from the changer. CD Diagnostic Indicators When driving over a very ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 114
    114 INSTRUMENT PANEL AND CONTROLS • Disc inserted upside down • Damaged disc • Water condensation on optics SALES CODE RBK-AM/ FM STEREO RADIO WITH CD PLAYER AND CD CHANGER CONTROLS Radio Operation Power/Volume Control Press the ON/VOL control to turn the radio on. Turn the volume control ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 115
    ...Adjust the balance and push the button back in. Fade The Fade control provides for balance between the front and rear speakers. Press the FADE button in and it ... can be selected by pressing the push-button twice. Every time a preset button is used a corresponding button number will be ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 116
    ... PANEL AND CONTROLS General Information This radio complies with Part 15 of FCC rules and with RSS-210 of ... inch (12 cm) discs only. The use of other sized discs may damage the CD player mechanism. ... track number and index time in minutes and seconds. Play will begin at the start of track one. Seek ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 117
    ... track. Press the RND (button 4) button a second time to stop Random Play. Mode Press ...elapsed CD playing time to time of day. CD Changer Control Capability - If Equipped ...changer available through Mopar Accessories. The following instructions are for the radio controls that operate this CD changer....
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 118
    ... an interesting change of pace. Random can be cancelled by pressing the button a second time or by ejecting the CD from the changer. CD Diagnostic Indicators When driving over a very rough road, the CD player may skip momentarily. Skipping will ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 119
    ... Messages Your radio has been designed to display certain messages when a problem is detected with the CD player. SALES CODE RBB-AM/FM STEREO RADIO... CASSETTE TAPE PLAYER AND CD CHANGER CAPABILITY 4 Operating Instructions NOTE: Power to operate the radio is supplied through the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 120
    ... pops out when pressed, this turns the sound system ON in the mode last used. Pushing the button ... the volume and to the left decreases it. When the audio system is turned on, the sound will be set at the same volume ... down, but not up, when the audio system is off and the ignition is ON. Seek Press ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 121
    ... Adjust the balance and push the button back in. Fade The fade control provides for balance between the front and rear speakers. Press the FADE button in and it ... mode. Cassette Player Features With ignition OFF and the sound system OFF, you can eject the tape cassette by pushing the...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 122
    ...is playing deactivates the Dolby Noise Reduction System*. When Dolby is ON, the NR symbol appears on the display. Each time a tape is inserted the Dolby ... remote mounted CD changer available through Mopar Accessories. The following instructions are for the radio controls that operate this CD changer.
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 123
    ... an interesting change of pace. Random can be cancelled by pressing the button a second time or by ejecting the CD from the changer. CD Diagnostic Indicators When driving over a very rough road, the CD player may skip momentarily. Skipping will ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 124
    ... PANEL AND CONTROLS Radio Display Messages Your radio has been designed to display certain messages when a problem is detected with the CD player. SALES CODE RBQ-AM/FM STEREO RADIO WITH 6 - DISC CD CHANGER Radio Operation Power/Volume Control ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 125
    ... and it will pop out. Adjust the balance and push the button back in. Fade The Fade control provides for balance between the front and rear speakers. Press the FADE button in and it will pop out. Adjust the balance and push the button back in. Tone Control ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 126
    ... can be selected by pressing the corresponding push-button twice. Every time a preset button is used, a corresponding button number will be ...to change the display between radio frequency and time. General Information This radio complies with Part 15 of FCC rules and with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 127
    ...will accept 4 3⁄4 inch (12 cm) discs only. The use of other sized discs may damage the CD player mechanism. You may either insert or...the disc number, the track number, and index time in minutes and seconds. Play will begin at the start of track 1. LOAD/ EJT - Load Press the LOAD/ EJT button and ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 128
    ... forward through the tracks. Press the FF button a second time to stop the fast forward feature. If TUNE RW... begin playing. Press the SET / RND button a second time to stop Random Play. PTY (Program Type) ...seconds. If no action is taken during the 5 second time out the PTY icon will turn off. Pressing...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 129
    ... when the PTY icon is displayed, the radio will stop at every PTY station on the band and list each corresponding program type in the radio display. Time Press the TIME button to change the display from elapsed CD playing time to time of day. 4
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 130
    130 INSTRUMENT PANEL AND CONTROLS REMOTE SOUND SYSTEM CONTROLS - IF EQUIPPED The remote sound system controls are located on the rear surface of the steering wheel. Reach behind the wheel to access the switches. The button located in the center of...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 131
    ... twice it plays the second selection, three times, it will play the third, etc. The button in the center ... twice it plays the second track, three times, it will play the third, etc. The button in the center... up dirt or tape deposits each time a cassette is played. The result of deposits on the capstan...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 132
    ... a hair, moisture or dew on the disc) oversized, or have theft protection encoding. Try a known good disc before considering disc player service. RADIO OPERATION AND CELLULAR PHONES Under certain conditions, the cellular phone being On in your vehicle can cause erratic or noisy performance from your...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 133
    ... side of the instrument panel. 4 The controls for the heating and ventilation system in this vehicle consist of a series of rotary knobs. These comfort ...of the following positions: NOTE: To improve your selection choices, the system allows you to operate at intermediate positions between the major ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 134
    134 INSTRUMENT PANEL AND CONTROLS Blower Control The rotary knob at the left of the control panel is the blower control. Turn the knob clockwise to one of the four positions to obtain the blower speed you desire. Temperature Control The rotary knob at the center of the control panel controls the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 135
    ... of the following positions: 4 NOTE: To improve your selection choices, the system allows you to operate at intermediate positions between the major modes...outside air contains smoke, odors, high humidity, or if rapid cooling is desired. This feature allows for recirculation of interior air only. Air...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 136
    136 INSTRUMENT PANEL AND CONTROLS Panel Outside air flows through the outlets located in the instrument panel. Bi-Level Outside air flows through the outlets located in the instrument panel and at the floor. Floor Outside air flows primarily through the floor outlets located under the instrument ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 137
    ... the air conditioning system has been on. It is not an indication of a problem with the air conditioning system. Operating Tips Fast Cooldown For a fast ... when the humidity inside the vehicle is high. This often occurs in mild or cool temperatures when it's rainy or humid. In most cases turning on ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 138
    ...When using the air conditioner in extremely heavy traffic in hot weather especially when towing a trailer, additional engine cooling may be required. If this situation is encountered, operate the transmission in a lower gear. When stopped in heavy ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 139
    INSTRUMENT PANEL AND CONTROLS 139 Operation Tips Chart 4
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 140
    140 INSTRUMENT PANEL AND CONTROLS REAR WINDOW DEFROSTER - Quad-Cab Only CAUTION! Use care when washing the inside of the rear window to prevent damage to heating elements. Use a soft cloth and a mild washing solution, wiping ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 141
    ... / Precautions ...157 ▫ Shifting Procedure - NV244 Transfer Case ...160 Limited-Slip Differential - If Equipped ...162 Parking Brake ...163 Brake System ...164 ▫ Rear Wheel Anti-Lock Brake System ...164 ▫ Four-Wheel Anti-Lock ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 142
    142 STARTING AND OPERATING ▫ Tire Markings ...167 ▫ Tire Identification Number (TIN) ... Spinning ...179 ▫ Tread Wear Indicators ...180 ▫ Replacement Tires ...180 ▫ Alignment And Balance .........189 Vehicle Loading ...191 ▫ Certification Label ...191 ▫ Curb Weight ...192 ▫ Loading ...192
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 143
    ... ▫ Trailer Towing Requirements ...199 ▫ Trailer Tow Wiring ...200 ▫ Cooling System Tips-Trailer Towing ...201 Snowplow ...201 ▫ Dodge Dakota Models ...201 Recreational Towing (Behind Motorhome, Etc.) Of 4X4 Vehicles ...202 ▫ Recreational...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 144
    ... intervals. Waiting a few seconds between such intervals will protect the starter from overheating. Manual Transmission Apply the parking brake, place the gearshift control lever in NEUTRAL and depress clutch pedal to the floor before starting the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 145
    ...cranking with the accelerator pedal held to the floor, the Normal Starting procedure should be repeated. WARNING! Never ...fire causing serious personal injury. After Starting The idle speed is automatically controlled on fuel... the engine for more than 15 seconds at a time. Wait 10 to 15 seconds before...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 146
    ...in the instrument cluster shows the selected gear range. The Indicator is illuminated for night driving. Brake/Transmission Interlock System This system prevents you from moving the gear shift out of Park and into any gear unless the brake pedal is pressed. This system is active ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 147
    ...first, before moving the gear selector out of PARK. Gear Ranges DO NOT race ... This position supplements parking brake by locking the transmission. The engine can be started in this range. Never ...! Never use Park position on an automatic transmission as a substitute for the parking brake. Always apply ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 148
    ... periods with engine running. Engine may be started in this range. Set the parking brake if you must leave the vehicle. "D" Drive Use this position .... Use it also when climbing long grades, and for engine braking when descending moderately steep grades. To prevent excessive engine ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 149
    ... transmission may downshift out of Overdrive until the transmission cools down. After cooldown, the transmission will resume normal operation. When To Lock Out Overdrive When driving in hilly areas, towing a trailer, carrying a heavy load, or whenever frequent transmission shifting occurs, press...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 150
    ...refill within five seconds of shifting from Park into any other gear position. Manual Transmission NOTE: The parking brake should be engaged before leaving the vehicle, especially on an incline. Use each gear in numerical order - do not skip ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 151
    ...on the clutch. Recommended Shift Speeds To use your manual transmission for fuel economy it should be upshifted as listed below. Shift at the vehicle speeds listed for acceleration and cruise conditions (relatively steady speeds). Recommended Manual Transmission Shift Speeds ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 152
    ...4LO positions can be used to lock the front and rear driveshafts together and force the front and rear wheels to rotate at the same speed. This is accomplished by rotating the 4WD Control .... NOTE: The transfer case Neutral (N) position is to be used for recreational towing only. See Recreational...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 153
    ... in this section of the owner's manual. The "SERVICE 4WD" warning light monitors the electric shift 4WD system. If this ... permit. 5 WARNING! Always engage the parking brake when powering down the vehicle if the Service 4WD light is illuminated. Not engaging the parking brake may allow the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 154
    ...engaging the parking brake. The transfer case Neutral (N) position disengages both the front and rear ... to move regardless of the transmission position. The parking brake should always be applied when the driver is not ... 4 Wheel Drive High Range - Locks the front and rear driveshafts together. Forces ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 155
    ... either RUNNING or OFF. This shift cannot be completed if the key is in the accessory position. NOTE: On vehicles equipped with Anti-Lock Brake Systems, the 4x4 system will not allow shifts between 2WD/ 4HI if the rear wheels are spinning (no traction). In this...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 156
    ... into NEUTRAL (depress clutch on manual transmissions). 3. While still rolling, rotate the transfer ... back into gear (release clutch on manual transmissions). Alternate Procedure 1. Bring the vehicle ... into NEUTRAL (depress clutch on manual transmissions). 3. Rotate the transfer case control switch ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 157
    ... hard surfaced roads. The AWD mode allows the front and rear wheels to rotate at different speeds. This...and 4LO positions can be used to lock the front and rear driveshafts together through the transfer case inter-axle differential and force the front and rear wheels to rotate at the same speed. This...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 158
    ... section of the owner's manual. The SERVICE 4WD warning light monitors the electric shift 4WD system. If... properly and that service is required. WARNING! Always engage the parking brake when powering down the vehicle if the Service 4WD light is illuminated. Not engaging the parking brake may allow...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 159
    ... circumference on each wheel. Any difference in tire size can cause damage to the transfer ... the parking brake. The transfer case Neutral (N) position disengages both the front and rear ... to move regardless of the transmission position. The parking brake should always be applied when the driver is not...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 160
    ... case inter-axle differential. Forces the front and rear wheels to rotate at the same speed. ... N Neutral - Disengages both the front and rear driveshafts from the powertrain. To be used for flat towing behind another vehicle. See Recreational Towing for more information. Shifting Procedure - NV244 ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 161
    ...NOTE: On vehicles equipped with a Anti-Lock Brake Systems, the 4x4 system will not allow shifts ... into NEUTRAL (depress clutch on manual transmissions). 3. Ensure ignition key is in the ON position with the engine... light is ON (not flashing), shift transmission back into gear (release clutch on manual...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 162
    ... the transmission into NEUTRAL (depress clutch on manual transmissions). 3. Rotate the transfer case control switch to the ... desired position indicator light is ON (not flashing), shift transmission back into gear (release clutch on manual transmissions). NOTE: If steps 1 or 2 of either the Preferred...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 163
    STARTING AND OPERATING 163 PARKING BRAKE The parking brake should be applied whenever the driver is not in the vehicle. The foot operated parking brake is positioned below the...transmission) or in REVERSE or FIRST (for a manual transmission). You should apply the parking brake before shifting ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 164
    .... The system automatically controls the operation of the rear brakes to prevent rear wheel lockup. The system remains operational in the four-wheel ... of performance is reduced when the front brakes are locked up. This will cause the rear brakes to lock-up through the drivetrain, which may reduce the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 165
    ... was only momentary. WARNING! Both Anti-Lock Brake Systems contain sophisticated electronic equipment. It ... If Equipped This Anti-Lock Brake System is designed to aid the driver in maintaining vehicle control under adverse braking conditions. The system operates with a separate computer to modulate ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 166
    ...braking condition involving use of the Anti-lock Brake System, you will experience some pedal ...vehicle comes to a stop. This is the result of the system reverting to the base brake system. Engagement of the Anti-lock Brake System may be accompanied by a pulsing sensation. You may also hear a clicking...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 167
    ... or racing the engine is most effective. Allow the engine to idle with the transmission selector in NEUTRAL for at least one minute after every five ... overheating and reduce the risk of transmission failure during prolonged efforts to free a stuck vehicle. TIRE SAFETY INFORMATION Tire Markings 5
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 168
    168 STARTING AND OPERATING NOTE: • P(Passenger)-Metric tire sizing is based on U.S. design ...sidewall beginning with the section width. The letter P is absent from this tire size designation. Example: 215/65R15 ...: T145/80D18 103M. • High Flotation tire sizing is based on U.S. design standards and ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 169
    STARTING AND OPERATING 169 Tire Sizing Chart EXAMPLE: Size Designation: P = Passenger car tire size based on U.S. design standards ...blank...= Passenger car tire based on European design standards LT = Light Truck tire based on U.S. design standards T = Temporary Spare tire 31 = Overall ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 170
    170 STARTING AND OPERATING EXAMPLE: Service Description: 95 = Load Index -A numerical code associated with the maximum load a tire can carry. H = Speed Symbol -A symbol indicating the range of speeds at which a tire can carry a load corresponding to its load ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 171
    ...(TIN) The TIN may be found on one or both sides of the tire however the date code may only be on one side. Tires with ...tire safety standards, and is approved for highway use. MA = Code representing the tire manufacturing location.(2 digits) L9 = Code representing the tire size.(2 digits) ABCD = Code ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 172
    ...the, 1) number of people that can be carried in the vehicle 2) the total weight your vehicle can carry 3) the tire size designed for your vehicle 4) the cold tire inflation pressures for the front, rear and spare tires. Loading The vehicle maximum load...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 173
    STARTING AND OPERATING 173 adhere to the loading conditions, tire size and cold tire ... vehicle loading and trailer towing, see the Vehicle Loading section of this manual. To determine the maximum loading... and towing capacities of your vehicle with varying seating configurations and number and size of...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 174
    174 STARTING AND OPERATING NOTE: For the following example the combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed 865 lbs. (392 Kg).
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 175
    ... vehicle handling, and increase your stopping distance. Use tires of the recommended load capacity for your vehicle. Never overload them. TIRES-GENERAL... that results in tire failure. • Unequal tire pressures can cause steering problems. You could lose control of your vehicle. • Over inflated or...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 176
    ... abnormal wear patterns will reduce tread life resulting in a need for earlier tire replacement. Underinflation also increases tire rolling .... These pressure conditions will be found in the "Supplemental Tire Pressure Information" section of this manual. "B" PILLAR The pressure should be ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 177
    STARTING AND OPERATING 177 CAUTION! After inspecting or adjusting the tire pressure always reinstall the valve stem cap-if equipped. This ..., which could damage the valve stem. Inflation pressures specified on the placard are always "cold tire inflation pressure". Cold ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 178
    ... tire has limited tread life, the original tire should be repaired (or replaced) and reinstalled at the first opportunity. WARNING! WARNING! Combining radial ply tires with other ... Always use radial ply tires in sets of four (or 6, in case of trucks with dual rear wheels). Never combine ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 179
    ...tire/wheel on the vehicle at any given time. Tire Spinning When stuck in mud, sand, snow,... the paragraph on Freeing A Stuck Vehicle in Section 6 of this manual. CAUTION! Because of the reduced ground clearance... may result. WARNING! Fast spinning tires can be dangerous. Forces generated by excessive...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 180
    ... and Loading Information placard for the size designation of your tire. The service description and load ... tire. Failure to use equivalent replacement tires may adversely affect the safety, handling, and ... adjacent grooves, the tire should be replaced. Many states have laws requiring tire replacement ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 181
    ... AND OPERATING 181 WARNING! • Do not use a tire, wheel size or rating other than that specified for your vehicle. Some combinations of unapproved tires and wheels may ... in serious injury or death. Use only the tire and wheel sizes with load ratings approved for your vehicle. • ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 182
    ... 4x4 vehicles. • Do not install tire chains on the front wheels of 4x2 vehicles. • Do not... devices. • Do not install tire chains or traction devices on front wheels of 4x4 models ... equipped with P265/70R16 tires. • Observe the tire chain manufacturer's instructions on method of installation,...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 183
    ... tires should be of the same size and type construction as the front tires. Consult the manufacturer of the snow ...TIRE ROTATION RECOMMENDATIONS Tires on the front and rear axles of vehicles operate at different loads ..., driving, and braking functions. For these reasons, they wear at unequal rates and ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 184
    ... when using high quality unleaded "regular" gasoline having an octane rating of 87. The routine use of premium gasoline is not recommended. ...may not be covered by the new vehicle warranty. Poor quality gasoline can cause problems such as hard starting, stalling and hesitations. If you experience...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 185
    ... meeting federal specifications, but emission control system performance may be adversely affected. Gasoline sold... containing methanol may damage critical fuel system components. MMT In Gasoline MMT is a manganese-... spark plug life and reduce emission system performance in some vehicles. We recommend ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 186
    186 STARTING AND OPERATING sulfur to determine if the problem is fuel related prior to returning your vehicle to an authorized dealer for service. ADDING FUEL... Engine Soon light is flashing, immediate service is required; see onboard diagnostics system section. Materials Added To...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 187
    STARTING AND OPERATING 187 WARNING! • Remove the fuel tank filler tube cap (gas cap) slowly to prevent fuel spray from the filler neck which .... The Check Engine light will come on if the gas cap is not properly secured. Make sure that the gas cap is tightened each time the vehicle is refueled. 5
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 188
    ... containers on the ground while filling. Fuel System Cautions some light smoke, your... concentrations of methanol. Fuel system damage or vehicle performance problems resulting from the use of such.... NOTE: Intentional tampering with emissions control systems can result in civil penalties being assessed...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 189
    ... more than a short period, adjust the ventilation system to force fresh, outside air into ... with proper maintenance. Have the exhaust system inspected every time the vehicle is raised. Have .... NOTE: Intentional tampering with emissions control systems result in civil penalties being assessed against ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 190
    ..., the engine shut off and the vehicle allowed to cool. Service, including a tune-up to manufacturer's specifications ...start the engine by pushing or towing the vehicle. • Do not idle the engine with any spark plug wires disconnected or removed, such as when diagnostic testing. • Do not idle the...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 191
    ... passengers, options, and cargo. Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) The GAWR is the maximum permissible load on the front and rear axles. The load must..., Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) front and rear, and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 192
    .... Tire Size This is the minimum allowable tire size for your vehicle. Replacement tires must be equal to the load capacity of this tire size. Rim Size This is...occupants or cargo loaded into the vehicle. The front and rear curb weight values are determined by weighing your vehicle ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 193
    ... heavier than the GVWR or the maximum front and rear GAWR. If you do, parts on your vehicle can break, or ...computed after the vehicle has been weighed both in its curb weight condition, and in its loaded and ready for operation condition. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) 6500 LBS. 5...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 194
    ... MATERIALS Four foot wide building materials can be conveniently carried in the Dakota pickup box. For occasional use up to 600 lbs (272 ...to the pickup box floor or vehicle damage may result. The use of proper supports will permit loading up to the rated payload. • Unrestrained cargo may be thrown ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 195
    ... on the installation of these supports. TRAILER TOWING To maintain warranty coverage, follow the requirements and recommendations in this manual concerning vehicles used for trailer towing. Definitions The following trailer towing related terminology definitions...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 196
    ... miles (805 km) of towing. Consider the following items when computing the weight on the rear axle: • the tongue weight of the trailer • the weight .... When your vehicle is used for trailer towing, never exceed the gross axle weight rating (GAWR) and GVWR. WARNING! Improper towing can lead to an ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 197
    ... braking and possible personal injury. • Trailer brakes are recommended for trailers over 1,000 lbs. (... Use an approved trailer harness and connector. If a hitch is ordered, the proper wiring will be provided. ... factory harnesses only. Do not cut or splice any wiring to the brake circuits. Trailer ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 198
    ...lbs. (3039 kg.) depending on your vehicle equipment. The Trailer Tow Package includes the platform hitch receiver, and a 7 lead wiring harness mounted on the hitch. Trailer sway control and equalizing hitch are required for tongue weights above ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 199
    ... trailer towing information (maximum trailer weight ratings) refer to the following website address: http:// www.dodge.com/towing. In Canada, refer to the ...ca. Trailer Towing Requirements All Dodge Dakota trucks are intended to tow trailers up to 2,000 lbs. without added ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 200
    ... be installed as a separate equipment item by your dealer. Trailer Tow Wiring The Trailer Tow Package includes a wiring harness located at the rear underbody of the vehicle. NOTE: Connect trailer lighting and brakes using factory harnesses only....
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 201
    .... NOTE: If your vehicle has an automatic transmission and you tow a trailer frequently follow Maintenance Schedule "B". SNOWPLOW Dodge Dakota Models NOTE: Do not use Dodge Dakota Models for snowplow applications. WARNING! Snowplows, ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 202
    ...to the transfer case will occur if a front or rear wheel lift is used when recreational towing. NOTE: Both the NV233 and...position. Automatic Transmissions must be placed in P (Park) position for recreational towing. Manual Transmissions must be placed in gear (for example, 4th gear) for recreational ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 203
    ... engine OFF and place ignition key to the unlocked OFF position. 13. Shift automatic transmission into Park (P). Shift Manual transmissions into 4th gear. 14. Attach vehicle to tow vehicle with tow bar. NOTE: Items 1 through 5 are ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 204
    ...Place ignition key in the ON position. 4. Depress brake pedal. 5. Shift automatic transmission to Neutral (N) or depress clutch on manual transmission. 6....Shift automatic transmission into Drive (D), release the clutch on manual transmission. NOTE: Items 1 through 5 are requirements that must be met...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 205
    ... without first fully engaging the parking brake. The transfer case Neutral (N) position disengages both the front and rear driveshafts from the ... allow the vehicle to move despite the transmission position. The parking brake should always be applied when the driver is not in the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 206
    ... during rainstorms or when roads are slushy. 2. Slow down if road has standing water or puddles. 3. Replace tires when tread wear indicators first become ... special equipment on the truck as shipped from the factory. NOTE: Always refer to the Equipment Identification Plate When Ordering Parts.
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 207
    ... ▫ Jack Removal And Stowage ...210 ▫ Removing The Spare Tire ...210 ▫ Tire Changing Procedure ...211 Jump Starting ...215 Towing A Disabled Vehicle ...217 ▫ Four-Wheel Drive Vehicles ...218 ▫ Two-Wheel Drive Vehicles ...218 6
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 208
    ... column, just behind the steering wheel. Press the flasher switch and all front and rear directional signals will flash intermittently. Press the switch a second time to... If it is necessary to leave the vehicle to go for service, the flasher system will continue to operate with the ignition key ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 209
    ...are located behind the seat on the passenger's side of the vehicle. WARNING! The jack is designed as a tool for changing tires only... stowed under a formation in the carpet behind the passenger seat. • In the Quad Cab the jack and tools are stowed under the rear seat. Lift the passenger side rear...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 210
    ... tools are stowed in a floor compartment located under the rear seat on the passenger's side of the vehicle.... the retaining hoop. Refer to the graphic below. The seat has been removed for clarity. Jack ... have a Hoop-Style stowage follow the instructions below: • For jack removal, turn the screw...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 211
    .... Preparations Park the vehicle on a firm level surface, avoiding ice or slippery areas. Set the parking brake and place the gear selector in PARK (automatic transmission) or REVERSE (manual transmission). On four-wheel drive vehicles, shift the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 212
    ... Warning Flasher. • Block both the front and rear of the wheel diagonally opposite the jacking ... the left rear wheel. • Passengers should not remain in the vehicle when the vehicle is being jacked. Instructions... be used but is not required. When changing a rear wheel, assemble the jack drive tube...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 213
    ... that the jack will not damage surrounding truck parts and adjust the jack position as required.... it. Raise the vehicle only enough to remove the tire. 6. Remove the wheel nuts and pull ... checked with a torque wrench by your dealer or at a service station. 6 5. By rotating the wheel wrench clockwise...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 214
    ...stop could injure someone in the vehicle. Always stow the jack parts and the extra tire and wheel in the places provided. 8. Install...• Block the wheel diagonally opposite the wheel to be raised. • Apply the parking brake firmly before jacking. • Never start the engine with the vehicle on a jack...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 215
    ... Stow The Flat Or Spare Turn the wheel so that the valve stem is down. Slide the wheel retainer ... in checking the spare tire inflation, stow with the valve stem toward the rear of the vehicle. Attach the .... Push against the tire several times to be sure it is firmly in place. JUMP STARTING WARNING! ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 216
    ...unintended electrical contact. 2. Park the booster vehicle within cable reach but without letting the vehicles touch. Set the parking brake, place the automatic transmission in PARK or the manual transmission in NEUTRAL and turn the ignition OFF on both ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 217
    ... booster vehicle or of immobilized vehicle. TOWING A DISABLED VEHICLE Proper towing or lifting equipment is required .... Use of safety chains is recommended. Attach towing device to main structural members of the vehicle ... brackets. State and local laws applying to vehicles under tow must be observed....
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 218
    ...Two-Wheel Drive Vehicles Provided that the transmission is operable, tow with the transmission in Neutral and the ignition ... 15 miles (25 km), it must be towed on a flatbed, or with the rear wheels raised and the front wheels on the ground, or with the front end raised and the rear wheels on a towing...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 219
    ... Compartment 4.7L V-8 ...222 Onboard Diagnostic System - OBD II ...223 Emissions Inspection And Maintenance Programs ...224 Replacement Parts ...225 Dealer Service ...225 Maintenance Procedures ...226 ▫ Engine Oil ...226 ▫ Engine Oil Filter ...229 ▫ ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 220
    ... Windshield Wiper Blades ...235 ▫ Windshield Washers ...236 ▫ Exhaust System ...236 ▫ Cooling System ...237 ▫ Emission Related Components ...241 ▫ Brake System ...243 ▫ Clutch Hydraulic System ...245 ▫ Manual Transmission ...245 ▫ Automatic Transmission ......
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 221
    MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 221 ENGINE COMPARTMENT 3.7L V6 7
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 222
    222 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE ENGINE COMPARTMENT 4.7L V-8
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 223
    ..., the OBD II system will turn on the "Malfunction Indicator Light." It will also store diagnostic codes and other information to assist your service technician in making ... be drivable and not need towing, see your dealer for service as soon as possible. CAUTION! • ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 224
    ... and is not on when the engine is running, and that the OBD (On Board Diagnostic) system is ready for testing. Normally, the OBD system will be ... if your vehicle was recently serviced, if you recently had a dead battery, or a battery replacement. If the OBD system should be determined not ready for ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 225
    MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 225 serviced or had a battery failure or replacement, you may need to do nothing more than...going to the I/M station. The I/M station can fail your vehicle because the MIL symbol is on with the engine running. REPLACEMENT PARTS Use of genuine Mopar parts for normal/scheduled ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 226
    ... VEHICLE MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES The pages that follow contain the required maintenance services determined by the engineers who designed your vehicle. Besides the ..., the engine oil must be maintained at the correct level. The best time to check the engine oil level is about 5 minutes after a fully ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 227
    ... 50% of your driving is at sustained high speeds during hot weather, above 32°C (90°F) • Trailer towing • Taxi, Police or delivery service (commercial service) • Off-road or desert operation • If equipped for and operating with E-85 (...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 228
    ... Driving through dust-laden air increases the problems of keeping abrasive materials out of the engine. ... inlet air cleaner. The crankcase ventilation system should also be checked periodically. Make sure... above are met and the recommended maintenance intervals for oil and filter changes are followed....
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 229
    ... oil filters, indiscriminately discarded, can present a problem to the environment. Contact your dealer, service ...driving type. Engine Oil Filter The engine oil filter should be replaced at every engine ...engines have a full-flow type oil filter. Use a filter of this type for replacement. The quality ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 230
    ... and cause them to leak. Ignition Cables Replace the ignition cables at the mileage interval shown ... Under normal driving conditions, replace the air filter at the intervals shown on Schedule "A".... or severe conditions, the filter element should be inspected periodically and replaced if necessary ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 231
    ... speed at which a vehicle can be driven or cause hard starting. Should an excessive amount of dirt accumulate in the fuel tank, frequent filter replacement may be necessary. Catalytic Converter The catalytic converter requires the use of unleaded fuel ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 232
    ... shut off and the vehicle allowed to cool. Thereafter, service, including a tune-up to manufacturer's ... engine by pushing or towing the vehicle. • Do not idle the engine with any spark plug wires ... conditions. Maintenance-Free Battery All Dodge trucks are equipped with maintenance-free batteries. ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 233
    ..., and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Always wash hands after handling the battery. CAUTION! It is essential when replacing the cables on the battery that the positive cable is attached to the positive post and the negative cable is ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 234
    ... approved by the manufacturer for your air conditioning system. Some unapproved refrigerants are flammable and ... and with the engine off to prevent injury from moving parts and to insure accurate fluid level ... surfaces. Refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants, and Genuine Parts for correct fluid type....
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 235
    ...should be inspected for evidence of damage. Damaged seals should be replaced to prevent leakage or contamination of the grease. Drive Shaft Constant ...require complete replacement of the joint assembly. Refer to the Service Manual for the detailed replacement procedure. Body Lubrication Locks and all...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 236
    ...anticipated, flush out the water in the reservoir by operating the system. Fill the reservoir with windshield washer antifreeze (not radiator antifreeze), and ... mixture that meets or exceeds the temperature range of your climate. This rating information can be found on most washer fluid containers. ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 237
    ... the exhaust system each time the vehicle is raised for lubrication or oil change. Replace as required. Cooling System Inspection Coolant protection checks should be... the reserve tank. Do not remove the pressure cap when the cooling system is hot. WARNING! Exhaust gases can injure ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 238
    ... to open a pressure cap when the radiator is hot. Cooling System Maintenance At the intervals shown on the Maintenance... should be drained, flushed and filled. Cooling System - Drain, Flush And Refill... of sediment, clean and flush with a reliable cooling system cleaner. Follow with a thorough rinsing...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 239
    ... a non-HOAT coolant is introduced into the cooling system in an emergency, it should be replaced with the specified coolant as soon as possible.... quality water will reduce the amount of corrosion protection in the engine cooling system. Please note that it is the owner's responsibility to maintain ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 240
    ... "DO NOT OPEN HOT" on the coolant pressure cap are a safety precaution. Heat causes pressure to build up in the cooling system. To prevent scalding or injury, do not remove the pressure cap when the system is hot or under pressure. The coolant reserve system provides a ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 241
    ... reserve tank does not drop when the engine cools, the cooling system should be pressure tested for leaks. F. ... condenser clean also. G. The thermostat should not be changed for summer or winter operation. If replacement is ever necessary, install ONLY the correct type thermostat. Other designs may ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 242
    ... Valve Proper operation of the crankcase ventilation system requires that the PCV valve be free of sticking or plugging because...plugged or sticking, replace with a new valve. Do not attempt to clean the oil PCV valve! Check ventilating hose for indication of damage or plugging with deposits. Replace ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 243
    ... the linings and wear off any foreign material. Self-Adjusting Rear Brakes To maintain the correct adjustment, you need only drive your ... pads wear. Brake fluid level should be checked when pads are replaced. If the brake fluid level is abnormally low, check system for leaks. 7 Refer to Recommended...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 244
    ..., inspect the brake linings as specified. If excessively worn, the brake linings must be replaced. Brake Hoses Inspection should be performed whenever the brake system is serviced or at intervals specified. Inspect hydraulic brake hoses for surface cracking, ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 245
    ... is a sealed maintenance free system. In the event of leakage or other malfunction, the system must be replaced. Manual Transmission Fluid Level Check This fluid ... to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct fluid type. Automatic Transmission Fluid Level Check - ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 246
    246 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 3. Fully apply the parking brake and press the brake pedal. 4. Place the gear selector momentarily in each gear position ending with the ... Remove the dipstick, wipe it clean and reinsert it until seated. 6. Remove the dipstick again and note the fluid ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 247
    ... obtain best performance and long life for automatic transmissions, the manufacturer recommends that they be given regular maintenance service by an Authorized Dodge Dealer or Service Center. It is important that the transmission be adjusted periodically, the fluid be ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 248
    ...Refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct fluid type. Axles Refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct fluid type. The manufacturer does ...Refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct fluid type. This should be added ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 249
    ... snow and ice, and those that are sprayed on trees and road surfaces during other seasons, are highly corrosive to the metal in your vehicle. Outside parking, which exposes your vehicle to airborne contaminants, road surfaces on which the vehicle is operated, extreme hot or cold weather and other ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 250
    250 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE Washing • Wash your vehicle regularly. Always wash your vehicle in the shade using a mild car wash soap, and rinse the panels completely with clear water. • If insects, tar or other similar deposits have accumulated on your vehicle, wash it as soon as possible. •...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 251
    ...flammable, and if used in closed areas they may cause respiratory harm. Glass Surfaces All glass surfaces should be cleaned on a regular basis with any commercial household-type glass cleaner. Never use an abrasive type cleaner. Use caution when cleaning inside rear windows equipped with electric 7
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 252
    ... or abrasive cleaners. If soap is used, wipe clean with a clean damp rag. 2. Dry with a soft tissue. Seat Belt Maintenance Do not bleach, dye or clean the...Do not remove the belts from the car to wash them. Replace the belts if they appear frayed or worn or if the buckles do not...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 253
    ... component for ease of replacement, if necessary. Cartridge fuses and relays can be obtained from your Dodge dealer. FUSE BLOCK The fuse block contains blade-... position. CAUTION! When replacing a blown fuse, it is important to use only a fuse having the correct amperage rating. The ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 254
    ... the above steps you may disconnect the negative cable from the battery. REPLACEMENT LIGHT BULBS LIGHT BULBS - Inside Bulb No. A/C Control...74 Ash Tray ......Indicator ...194 Oil Indicator ...194 Overhead Console ...578 Seat Belt Indicator ...194 Switched Dome ...578 Temperature ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 255
    ... Mounted Stoplight ...921 Fog Lamp ...881L Front Sidemarker...168 License Plate Light ...168 Park & Turn Signal (2) ...3157 Tail, Stop, & Sidemarker ...3157 Cargo (2) ...921 BULB REPLACEMENT Headlights 7 1. Open the hood. 2. Remove the screw as shown and pull the parking/ turn signal housing ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 256
    ...Halogen bulbs. Take care not to touch the bulb with your fingers. Parking/Turn Signal Lights 1. Remove the screw as shown and ... which reduces bulb life. Rear Side Marker, Tail Lights, Turn Signals And Backup Lights - Replacement 1. Remove the screws as illustrated. Grasp the tail light housing and ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 257
    MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 257 Center High-Mounted Stoplight 1. Remove two screws securing the stoplight housing assembly to the roof. 2. Rotate the bulb and socket assembly 1/4 turn and pull it from housing. 3. The bulb can be removed from the sockets by pulling it straight out. License Lights 1. ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 258
    ...Quad Cab, 87 Octane Engine Oil (with filter) 3.7L, SAE 5W-30, API Certified 4.7L, SAE 5W-30, API Certified Cooling System 3.7L (Mopar Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000 Mile Formula) 4.7L (Mopar Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000 Mile Formula) 20 Gal...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 259
    ... 259 RECOMMENDED FLUIDS, LUBRICANTS AND GENUINE PARTS Engine Component Engine Coolant Engine Oil Engine Oil Filter Spark Plugs Fuel Selection Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts Mopar Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000 Mile Formula HOAT (Hybrid Organic ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 260
    ... lubricant whenever a fluid change is made. For all trailer towing or heavy duty applications, replace the factory fill rear axle fluid with Mopar ... Lubricant 5 Mopar Multi-Mileage Lubricant 5 Rear Axle Fluid for Trailer Towing Brake Master Cylinder Power Steering Reservoir ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 261
    MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES CONTENTS Emission Control System Maintenance ...262 Emissions Testing ...262 Maintenance Schedules ...263 ▫ Schedule "B" ...265 M A I N T E N A N C E S ▫ Schedule "A" ...274 C H E D U L E S 8
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 262
    .... NOTE: Maintenance, replacement, or repair of the emission control devices and systems on your vehicle ... properly as a part of the test procedure. The test center accomplishes this by checking the On Board Diagnostic System ...your vehicle has recently been serviced, the OBD system may have been reset ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 263
    ...% of your driving is at sustained high speeds during hot weather, above 90° F32 (° C). • Trailer towing. • Heavy Loading. • Taxi, police, or delivery service (commercial service). • Off-road or desert operation. • If equipped for and ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 264
    ... Each Oil Change • Change the engine oil filter. • Inspect the exhaust system. • Inspect the brake hoses. • Inspect the CV joints (if equipped) and front ... the automatic transmission fluid level (if equipped). • Check the manual transmission fluid level (if equipped). • ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 265
    ... (16 km). • More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high speeds during hot weather, above 90° F (32° C). • Trailer towing A I N T Heavy Loading. E Taxi, police, or delivery service (commercial service). N A N Off-road or desert ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 266
    ...N Miles T (Kilometers) E N Change engine oil and engine oil filter. A Change rear axle fluid. N C Change front axle fluid (4X4). E Inspect brake linings. S C H E D ...19 000) X X X X 15,000 (24 000) X Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if necessary. X 8
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 267
    ... level (4X4). Inspect brake linings. Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if necessary. Replace spark plugs. Inspect PCV valve, replace as necessary.* Drain and refill automatic transmission fluid and change main sump filter (4.7L). 18,...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 268
    ... Miles T (Kilometers) E N Change engine oil and engine oil filter. A Change rear axle fluid. N C Change front axle fluid (4X4). E Inspect brake linings. S C H E D ...42,000 (67 000) X 45,000 (72 000) X Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if necessary. X 8
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 269
    ... (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Change rear axle fluid. Change front axle fluid (4X4). Inspect brake linings. Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if necessary. Replace spark plugs. Inspect PCV valve, replace as necessary.* Inspect auto tension drive belt and ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 270
    ... T (Kilometers) E N Change engine oil and engine oil filter. A Change rear axle fluid. N C Change front axle fluid (4X4). E Inspect brake linings. S C...000) X X X X 75,000 (120 000) Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if necessary. Inspect auto tension drive belt, replace if required. X X 8
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 271
    ... (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Change rear axle fluid. Change front axle ...case fluid level (4X4). Inspect brake linings. Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if necessary. Replace spark plugs. Inspect PCV valve, replace as necessary.* Inspect auto tension drive belt and ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 272
    ... T (Kilometers) E N Change engine oil and engine oil filter. A Flush and replace engine coolant. N C Change rear axle fluid. E Change front axle fluid (4X4). S C H E ... X X X 99,000 (158 000) X 100,000 (160 000) 102,000 (163 000) X X Inspect brake linings. 8
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 273
    ... (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Change rear axle fluid. Change front axle fluid (4X4). Inspect brake linings. Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if necessary. Replace spark plugs. Inspect PCV valve, replace as necessary.* Inspect auto tension drive belt and ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 274
    ... L E S 6,000 (10 000) [6] X 12,000 (19 000) [12] X 18,000 (29 000) [18] X X 24,000 (38 000) [24] X 30,000 (48 000) [30] X X X X Inspect brake linings. Replace engine air cleaner filter. Replace spark plugs. 8
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 275
    ... Check transfer case fluid level (4X4). Inspect brake linings. Replace engine air cleaner filter. Replace spark plugs. Inspect PCV valve, replace as necessary.* Inspect auto tension drive belt and replace if required. 36,000 (58 000) [36] X 42,000 (67 000) [42]...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 276
    ...,000 (125 000) [78] X 84,000 (134 000) [84] X 8 Replace engine air cleaner filter. Replace spark plugs. Inspect PCV valve, replace as necessary.* Inspect auto tension drive belt and replace if required.‡ Drain and refill automatic transmission fluid...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 277
    ...fluid (4X4). Flush and replace engine coolant, if not done at 60 mos. Inspect brake linings. Replace engine air cleaner filter. Replace spark plugs. Inspect PCV valve, replace if necessary.* Inspect auto tension drive belt and replace if required.‡ * This ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 278
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 279
    ... CONSUMER ASSISTANCE CONTENTS Suggestions For Obtaining Service For Your Vehicle ...280 ▫ Prepare For The Appointment ...280 ▫ Prepare A List ...280 ▫ Be Reasonable With ... If You Need Assistance ...280 Warranty Information ...282 Mopar Parts ...284 Reporting Safety Defects ...284 ▫ In Canada ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 280
    ...additional charges with the service manager. Keep a maintenance log of your vehicle's service history. This can often provide a clue to the current problem. Prepare A List Make a written list of your vehicle's problems or the specific work ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 281
    IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 281 This is why you should always talk to your dealer's service manager first. Most matters can be resolved with this process. • If for some reason you are still not satisfied, talk to the general manager or owner of the dealership. They want to know if you need ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 282
    282 IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE Service Contract You may have purchased a ... expires. The manufacturer stands behind only the manufacturer's Service Contracts. If you purchased a manufacturer's ... Service Contract, and you require service after your manufacturer's new vehicle limited warranty...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 283
    IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 283 9
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 284
    ..., it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, and the manufacturer. ... FORMS To order the following manuals, you may use either the website or the phone numbers listed below. Visa, Mastercard...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 285
    ...Service Manuals. These comprehensive service manuals provide the information that students and professional technicians need in diagnosing/troubleshooting, problem solving, maintaining, servicing and repairing DaimlerChrysler Corporation vehicles. A complete...
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    INDEX 10
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 288
    ... ...190 Ball Joints ...235 Battery ...232 Charging ...215 Emergency Starting ...215 Gas Caution ...215 Keyless Transmitter Replacement ...21 Saving Feature ...68 Belts, Drive ...230 Belts, Seat ...25 Body Mechanism Lubrication ...235 B-Pillar ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 289
    ... Check ...243 Hoses ...244 Master Cylinder ...243 Parking ...163 Self-Adjusting Rear ...243 Warning Light ...101 Brake/Transmission Interlock ...146 Break-In Recommendations, New Vehicle ...52 Bulb Replacement ...255 Bulbs, Light ...254 Camper ...90...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 290
    ..., Floor ...88 Console, Overhead ...76 Contract, Service ...282 Converter, Catalytic ...189 Coolant Pressure Cap ...240 Cooling System ...237,240 Adding Coolant (Antifreeze) ...239 Coolant Capacity ...258 Coolant Level ...240 Disposal of Used...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 291
    ...Stuck ...167 Jacking ...211 Jump Starting ...215 Overheating ...239 Towing ...217 Emission Control System Maintenance...Coolant ...238,259 Cooling ...237 Exhaust Gas Caution ...53,189 Fails to Start ...145 Flooded, ... ...53,237 Exhaust System ...53,236 Exterior Lighting ...68 Filters Air Cleaner ...230 ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 292
    ......88 Fluid, Brake ...260 Fluid Capacities ...258 Fluid Level Checks Automatic Transmission ...245 Brake ...243 Cooling System ...237 Power Steering ...234 Transfer Case ...248 Fog Lights ...69,257 Four Wheel Drive ...151 Operation...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 293
    ... Beam/Low Beam Select Switch ...71 Hitches Trailer Towing ...198 Holder, Cup ...89 Homelink ... ...209 Jack Operation ...211 Jump Starting ...215 Key, Replacement ...10 Key, Sentry ...9 Key-In Reminder ...9 Keyless Entry System ...17 Keys ... ...31 Lane Change and Turn Signals ...70,99 Lap Belts ...30 10
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 294
    ...,67 Airbag ...38,102 Anti-Lock Warning ...102 Back-Up ...256 Brake Warning ...101 Bulb Replacement ...254 Cargo ...70 Center Mounted Stop ... ...101 Malfunction Indicator ...103 Park ...256 Passing ...70 Seat Belt Reminder ...101 Service ...254,255 Transmission Warning ...102 Turn ...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 295
    ... Procedures ...226 Maintenance Schedule ...263 Schedule A ...274 Schedule B ...265 Malfunction Indicator Light ...103,224 Manual, Service ...284 Manual Transmission ...144,150,245 Fluid Level Check ...245 Lubricant Selection ...245,260 Shift Speeds ......
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 296
    ......77 Overheating, Engine ...104,239 Owner's Manual ...284 Panic Alarm ...19 Parking Brake ...163 Parking On Hill ...119,132 Rear Axle ...248 Rear Window Defroster ...140 Rearview Mirrors ...58 Reclining Front Seats ...62 Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts ...259 Recreational Towing ......
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 297
    ... ...234 Release, Hood ...66 Remote Keyless Entry ...17 Remote Sound System Controls ...130 Replacement Tires ...180 Reporting Safety Defects ...284 Restraints,... Women ...30 Child Restraint ...38,52 Extender ...31 Front Seat ...25 Inspection ...54 Reminder ...101 Seats ...61...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 298
    ... Steering Wheel Mounted Sound System Controls ...130 Storage Compartment, Center Seat ...89 Storage, Vehicle ...254 Stuck, Freeing ...167 Supplemental Tire Pressure Information...Coolant ...99 Tether Anchor, Child Restraint ...42 Thermostat ...241 Tilt Steering Column ...73 Tire and...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 299
    ... Vehicle ...217 Guide ...199 Recreational ...202 Trailering ...195 Weight ...199 Traction ...206 Trailer Towing ...195 Cooling System Tips ...201 Hitches ...198 Minimum Requirements ...199 Trailer and Tongue Weight ...197 Wiring ...200 Trailer...
  • 2004 Dodge Dakota | Owner's Manual - Page 300
    ... ...5 Warranty Information ...282 Washers, Windshield ...72 Washing Vehicle ...250 Weight Load Carrying ...191 Wheel Alignment and Balance ...181 Wheel and ...71,236 Windshield Wiper Blades ...235 Windshield Wipers ...71 Wiper Blade Replacement ...235 Wipers, Intermittent ...71 Wrecker Towing ...217



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