The front stabilizer bar was mounted to a frame cross member to reduce deflection. To reduce closing effort, the cam profile caused the check spring force to aid closing. When reinstalling the pan, start every pan bolt by hand for at least two threads before tightening any of them. The model showed flow regimes - laminar, turbulent and stagnant conditions - and estimated restriction. A more robust thermostat used with all engines provided longer, more reliable life.
Halogen bulbs consumed 30% less power than in 1996 but provided an improved light pattern compared to their predecessors because these round lamps distributed light more efficiently. I haven't been quite so disciplined with my vehicle maintenance. If you do not you will have issues. Estimating 6 pounds of force becomes the next challenge. I needed the wrench at the front where the exhaust pipe blocks access. A hard, durable plastic ball socket liner contributed to responsive steering by reducing turning loads. Check the screen on the bottom of pump make sure it is clean.
Front stabilizer bar diameter was increased from 0. The housing wrapped around the corner of the box to provide required side illumination. As such, a Dakota's transmission fluid will be subject to high heat and pressure, particularly when the Dakota is used for towing. Instead of a ratchet, the new mechanism used a square-edged spring that wrapped around a drum operated by the brake pedal to keep the brake engaged. For stability, the mirrors were attached to the reinforced pillar area of the door at the lower front corner of the window opening, rather than to the door outer panel.
Parking brake A new parking brake mechanism in the cab operated more quietly and smoothly than its predecessor. This was aided by a reduction in the number of pieces that had to be accurately attached to the frame assembly. Engineers used Computational Fluid Dynamics, a graphic model of induction system air flow, to design the system. As the mounting point for the bumpers, cab, box, suspension, steering and powertrain, the frame was a major contributor to dimensional control throughout the truck. The flexible fluoropolymer tube assembly snapped onto a nipple on the tank using a unique quick-connect coupling. In 1996, the first generation's final year, the K-based 2.
Tailgate latches and support cables remained unchanged from 1996. The engine is in front of this pipe. The inner panel was stronger yet lighter than a single-thickness panel with a welded reinforcement. You should get a proper reading at this point. Its higher numerical ratios for first and second gears provide better launch feel and quicker low-speed passing.
Low-friction pivots gave it the same feel and easy action as the door handles. Deflected disc valves also had low hysteresis, which helped to minimize harshness, and provided smooth transitions between jounce and rebound. Wooden bed rails were also available. At about 4 complete turns the screw began to get tight. Now I am worried if it is too much but I followed the manual way of adding and checking till it reached the high point of the hot area on the tip stick. To much you have a very good chance of the forward clutches to burn up. .
Vehicle response to steering inputs was more proportional than before, which gave a feeling of a direct connection between driver and road that helped make the truck fun to drive. There were about 3 or 4 different trannies for that year I think. Ratings for 1997 remained 175 bhp at 4800 rpm and 225 Ib-ft torque at 3200 rpm as in 1996, though the new air induction system reduced air flow restriction. You do the math, witch will get unusable quicker? A single sensor on the differential housing provided the input signal to control the rear drum brakes. At the time of its introduction, it was seen as one of the most radical in its class, not only for its styling, but also because it remained the only truck in its class with an available V8 engine that rivaled many V8s found in full-sized trucks with payloads up to 1,500 lb 680 kg. The Dakota received another facelift and interior upgrade along with a few other upgrades, including built-in cargo-box utility rails, heated bench seats, best-in-class towing up to 7,050 lb 3,198 kg , the largest and longest standard bed in the class, and the largest mid-size truck cab.
Estimating torque on something important like a band clutch sounds risky, but there are ways to be accurate. Node locations were determined by vibration mapping. Fluid Change Interval: The Dodge Dakota factory service manual the books used by dealer mechanics has two service schedules: Schedule A - Normal use. Apparently they sell the stuff to companies that refine the fluid into usable products. It was available with all engines except for the high-performance 5. Then, following the shop manual, I backed off the screw two full turns, and I tightened the locking nut a lot more than 72 inch-pounds, I'll say. Some quick-lube places will just attach the machine to a cooler line, exchange the fluid, and call it done.
Sperlich challenged the N-Body team to search for all opportunities to reuse existing components to create the Dakota. Then I turned the screw until it got tight. Of course, every car owner should be checking their transmission dipstick once in a while, inspecting the fluid quality color and smell and the level. Exterior colors came in Black, Bright White, and Graphic Red. Optional 6 x 9-inch power mirrors were the largest optional mirrors available in the class. Old Grumpy's flippant remark about the Dodge service department actually has some merit.
What do I need to do. Final shock absorber valve configuration was the result of painstaking comparison testing among numerous possible combinations. Now it is pushing the 5. This reduced fan noise by reducing the amount of work the fan had to do. Use a hammer and dolly to flatten them out. Production began in August 2007. Door inner panels were stamped from dual-thickness laser-welded sheet metal.