Dodge Dakota Coolant Leak Repair - Including Bypass Hose, Thermostat, Water Pump, etc.
To get to what turned out to be a Thermostat leak we had to remove the
The Serpentine belt, the fan, the Air Conditioning Compressor, the
Alternator and the A/C and Alternator Bracket.
This way you can easily access the bypass hose, the thermostat housing, and
the upper heater hose (or otherwise called the heater to engine hose).
This also gives you free access to the water pump if you were going to
replace it. This is actually the easiest way to access the water pump as
opposed to the way the service manual describes removing it (without
removing the A/C and Alternator bracket).
However, after doing the job we discovered a second leak on the lower
heater hose (or the heater to water pump return hose). Which also needed
to be corrected.
How to Flush the Coolant and Replace the Thermostat in a 2002 Dodge Dakota
This vehicle had one of the worst cases of rusty coolant I've ever seen, so
I demonstrate how to drain the cooling system, flush all the old coolant
out, then backflush the radiator and the engine to clean the rust out of
the cooling system, and then replace the thermostat and bleed the cooling
FYI: I needed 1 1/2 jugs of concentrated coolant when I flushed the system,
so be sure to buy enough
I am not responsible for any mishaps that may have occurred from following
these procedures. I do this to help you, the car owner, and cannot assume
responsibility for any problems. Please use this information to help
yourself, good luck, and take care.
2014 Dodge Durango Limited RWD Review and Road Test
Car shopping used to be so simple: you could buy a truck or a car. Then
came the wagon, minivan, sport utility and the latest craze: the crossover.
There's just one problem with the crossover for me however: it's not a
crossover. With a name like that you'd assume that a modern crossover
blended the lines between a truck/SUV with a car/minivan. The reality of
course is that the modern three-row crossover is just a front-driving
minivan that doesn't handle as well or haul as much stuff. In this sea of
transverse minivans in SUV clothing lies just one mass-market vehicle that
I can honestly call a three-row crossover: the Dodge Durango. Instead of a
car that's been turned into an AWD minivan with a longer hood, the Dodge
uses drivetrains out of the RAM 1500 combined with a car-like unibody.
While rumors swirled that the Durango would be cancelled in favor of a
7-seat Jeep Dodge was working a substantial makeover for 2014.
So what is the Durango? Is it an SUV? Is it a crossover? In my mind, both.
If a Grand Cherokee can be a unibody SUV and not a crossover, the Durango
must be an SUV. But if a crossover is a hybrid between a car and a truck,
then the Durango is one as well. While the first and second generation
Durangos were body-on-frame SUVs based on the Dakota pickup, this Durango
is a three-row Grand Cherokee, which is a two-row Jeep version of the
three-row Mercedes ML which is quasi related to the Mercedes E-Class, which
is quasi related to the Chrysler 300. Lost yet?
2014 brings few changes to the outside of the Durango. The design first
released in 2011 still looks fresh to my eye but that could be because I
don't see many on the road. Up front we get a tweaked corporate grille and
new lamps while out back we get "race track" inspired light pipes circling
the rump. Aside from a lowered right height on certain models and new
wheels, little has changed for the Durango's slab-sided profile, which I
think is one of the Dodge's best features. No, I'm not talking about the
plain-Jane acres of sheet metal, I'm talking about RWD proportions. Bucking
the trend, this three-row sports a long (and tall) hood, blunt nose, short
front overhang and high belt-line.
The engineers took the refresh opportunity to tweak the Durango toward the
sportier side of the segment with stiffer springs and beefier sway bars.
While far from a night-and-day transformation, the difference is noticeable
and appreciated out on the roads. While never harsh, it is obvious the
Durango is tuned towards the firm side of this segment. Thanks to the long
wheelbase the Durango feels well composed on the highway or on broken
With a nearly 50/50 weight balance, wide 265-width tires, and a lower
center of gravity than a "traditional SUV", the Durango is easily the
handling and road feeling champion. That's not to say the Durango is some
sort of sports car in disguise, but when you compare a well balanced 360 horsepower rear wheel
drive elephant to a slightly lighter but much less balanced front driving
elephant on skinny rubber, it's easy to see which is more exciting. Thanks
to the Mercedes roots there's even a whiff of feedback in the steering,
more than you can say for the average crossover. Despite the long wheelbase
and wide tires, the Durango still cuts a fairly respectable 37-foot turning
When it comes to performance, the new 8-speed automatic makes a night and
day difference shaving a whopping 1.4 seconds off the 0-60 time vurses the
last V8 Durango we tested. The reason is all in the gear ratios. While the 545RFE
and 65RFE transmissions suffered from some truly odd ratios, the ZF unit's
ratios are more evenly spread and dig deeper in the low gears. The result
is a 6.0 second sprint to highway speeds which finally nips on the tails of
the Explorer Sport which we're told will do the same in 5.9-6.0 (I hasn't
tested one yet). This proves what extra gears can do for you because the
Explorer is 200lbs lighter and has a far more advantageous torque curve
thanks to the twin turbos.
You can also thank the ZF transmission for the Durango's robust towing
numbers. V6 models are now rated for 6,200lbs while the V8 can haul up to
7,400lbs when properly equipped. That's nearly 50% more than you can tow in
any of the crossover competition and just 1,000 lbs shy of the average
full-size body-on-frame hauler.
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1999 Dodge Dakota RT 5.9 Start Up, Custom Exhaust, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour on a 1999 Dodge Dakota RT 5.9
with custom side Exhausts. I take
viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this truck
while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique styling
cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details of it,
start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration with an Exhaust clip. A thorough review of this car
designed to give others a greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.