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.
My Dodge Dakota New Paint Job & Performance Upgrades
I know I havent done a truck video in awhile as been a busy years racing
and upgrading parts on the truck here is a video showing the changes I have
made. In April / May I had upgrated the top end of the engine with new
heads, intake, throttle body and bigger headers, later in the summer it got
some fresh paint.
This 1988 Dodge Dakota got a face lift and a heart trasnplant.
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.
10 Second @ 124 MPH Drag Race Dodge Dakota in car video
10.9 sec @ 124 mph at Los Angeles County Raceway (now closed). 1988 Dodge
Dakota tube frame car, 452 BB Mopar, Torqueflite trans, 5500 stall
converter, Griner brake, 4.88 Dana 60, 14x32" tires. 2900 lbs w/o driver.
Video camera attached to roll bar inside cab. Truck is sliding around a
bit during run due to sand on track. Video shot 5/06, as rock quarry was
getting closer to track, blowing sand on track. Track closed 7/07. Two
step at 3000 rpm, 5500 stall converter, shift at 6200 rpm, through traps at
6200 rpm. Truck was built for 10.90 class, runs low 10's
1999 twin turbo Dakota R/T
Chuck's truck as seen with SDCE built 360 cid.
Has run a best of 121mph in the quarter with only 10pis on street trim.
Truck has mild street manners with oem quality SDCE turbo kit installed.
SDCE Twin turbo kit fits R/T's,
Dakota's, Rams 5.2L and 5.9's.