Damn i dont know what to do now.It only does this when warm,when cold it
fires right up,but let it sit after running and it takes 5 seconds,then a
stop in cranking,then it fires right up instantly. Really bothers me for
I dont have a Dakota,but my Ram has the 3.9.Mine easly starts
right up,hot or cold.
Have you pulled the spark plugs?If you know how to read them,they
can tell you alot about what and how your engine is runing.
Have you had your fuel pressure checked?My oldest brother had a
GM,that did the same thing.
I also have an '01 Dakota 3.9L with about 35K on it. It starts right up
every time. The only time it was a bit hesitant was this past winter and
a new battery seems to have taken care of it. It was never really that
bad though. I always turn the key to "on" and wait a second or two
before starting to let the pump run and it fires right up.
I had the exact same problem on a 5.2L Dakota. There is a check valve in the
gas tank that prevents gasoline from draining the fuel line when the engine is
turned off. If the check valve goes bad then the fuel line drains into the
tank while stopped and you have to crank for several seconds to let the fuel
pump prime the line. I had the dealer fix it while it was in for service so I
don't know how big of a job it is. But I'd get it fixed fast if I was you to
prevent burning the starter up.
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