2001 Dodge Dakota SLT 3.9L V6 Heater Question.

15

Asked by SpyroD123 Dec 26, 2011 at 04:24 AM about the 2001 Dodge Dakota SLT Quad Cab RWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I was driving home tonight when I noticed a funny smell comming from my heater.
Almost smelt like coolant. While I was driving my truck started to squeal almost
like a serpentine belt would. I figured it was my heater so I turned it off and it
stopped. It then began again. When I got home I popped the hood to notice a
major muddy looking fluid was covered through out my engine, belts, and rack
and pinion. I have been told this was a heater hose or some kind of high pressure
hose that busted. Truck still starts up and runs, but I don't want to run it to long
because I'm not to sure whats wrong. Any ideas?

5 Answers

15

Update: The water is comming out from behind my fan, guessing its the water pump? maybe thermostat seals?

10,625

grab the fan blade and see if the pump shaft moves, if so yes water pump failed horribly. Replace the waterpump, the thermostat and gasket and also the waterpump heater tube and or just the oring. Also recomment replacing the manifold to pump hose (little guy in center above water pump)

5,915

The heater core is inside the cab of the truck... If the water is coming out from behind the fan then the problem is your water pump, the thermostat is on top of the engine in the intake manifold. You should easily be able to tell if it's leaking at the tstat and running down. You won't do any damage by running the engine for a few mins to pin point the leak, if it is the water pump you could make it worse but it's already toast anyway

15

Turns out it was the water pump bearings. Replaced the pump and a new serpentine belt. All is good now!

Your Answer:

Dakota

Looking for a Used Dakota in your area?

CarGurus has 89 nationwide Dakota listings starting at $4,494.

Postal Code:

Dodge Dakota Experts

  • #1
    Samantha Brown
    Reputation
    1,910
  • #2
    98DAK
    Reputation
    1,760
  • #3
    banana
    Reputation
    1,600
View All

Find great deals from top-rated dealers

Search

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge RAM 1500
13 Great Deals out of 315 listings starting at $3,500
Used Ford F-150
181 Great Deals out of 12,340 listings starting at $2,197
Used Toyota Tacoma
34 Great Deals out of 1,990 listings starting at $5,999
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
110 Great Deals out of 10,287 listings starting at $3,655
Used Ford Ranger
9 Great Deals out of 1,407 listings starting at $1,622
Used Nissan Frontier
27 Great Deals out of 857 listings starting at $4,495
Used Dodge Durango
32 Great Deals out of 902 listings starting at $5,995
Used GMC Sierra 1500
102 Great Deals out of 10,303 listings starting at $2,500
Used Dodge RAM 2500
67 listings starting at $7,595
Used Toyota Tundra
23 Great Deals out of 1,311 listings starting at $1,941
Used Chevrolet S-10
6 listings

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.