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rockafellz
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From: San Lorenzo, CA, USA
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posted 06-03-2003 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockafellz   Click Here to Email rockafellz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know it's off the Ford subject, but I was hoping you gearheads would know so I don't have to search all over the net for a dodge forum.

We bought a 1992 Dodge Dakota LE (5.2L V8) yesterday and the check engine light is on. We want to start over and basically see if we can clear the trouble code and see if it will come back. We've tried to disconnect the neg. battery cable, turn the ign. to the on position for 30 seconds, then reconnect the neg. battery cable. No luck there. Any other methods of resetting the check engine light?

Oh, and the truck runs great. No misfire, bog, stumble, shaking, etc. etc.

The air blower doesn't work, but I don't think that would affect the check engine light. The A/C compressor does turn on when we push the A/C button, the blower just doesn't turn on regardless of air/heat/a/c setting.

Thanks in advance.

Erik

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1966 Ford Mustang 2+2
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1966 Ford Mustang Coupe
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BlueMule
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From: Stevensville (South Kent Island), MD, USA
Registered: Sep 2002

posted 06-03-2003 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueMule   Click Here to Email BlueMule     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AutoZone (if there's one near by) will pull the codes for free. I see there's a few in the Oakland area.

The method of clearing the codes I heard was similar to the one you used except rather than turning on the ignition, the version I heard said to hit the head lights. Results would probably be the same.

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grandestang
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From: Lake Bluff, Illinois USA
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posted 06-03-2003 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for grandestang   Click Here to Email grandestang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If your looking for a good Dodge trucks forum it is Dodgetrucks.org- my friend has a 02 dodge and he says that place is great for answering any questions you have.

Paul

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rockafellz
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posted 06-03-2003 07:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockafellz   Click Here to Email rockafellz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Guys, my pop took it to a shop guy he knows and cleared it for us. No more check engine.

Oh, the above method didn't work. I believe that method works with 96+ models which should be OBDII.

Thanks again.

Erik

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MLariviere
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posted 06-03-2003 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some newer vehicles will trip the check engine light at a certain mileage,just so you have to bring it in for service.

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rockafellz
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posted 06-04-2003 01:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockafellz   Click Here to Email rockafellz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MLariviere:
Some newer vehicles will trip the check engine light at a certain mileage,just so you have to bring it in for service.

Yep, that's what my dad was saying. We had an '86 mitsubishi pickup a while back that tripped every 36k miles. My dad was thinking the same thing for this new truck.

Hey guys, you think this 5.2L V8 Dakota (mid size Ranger-like truck) could pull a trailered '66 mustang?

Erik

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MLariviere
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posted 06-04-2003 09:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The engine/trans might,but I think you're asking the brakes and suspension for a little too much. Is there anywhere you can get a tow rating for it?

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68 S-code GT
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posted 06-08-2003 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had an 87 and the light would come on after a certain mileage. It had a watch type battery hooked up and when it went dead the light would come on. It was there to remind you to get it serviced and have the emission filters cleaned or changed. I let it go and the bulb just burned out. I think on the newer ones have a switch or button somewhere to reset the light. I sold the manual with the truck so I unfortunately can?t look it up.

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