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Old 12-23-2011, 11:26 PM
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Bought 2007 Dakota 4x4,4door with 128k 2 weeks ago. Truck has run fine in that time. Today we got 15 cm of snow. The roads were very slick and as a result i drove all the way to work in 4 high at 60-70 km/h(56Km). After I got there i had errands to run and left truck parked and idling while I rounded up stuff. When i finally got behind wheel to leave (15 Mins). I noticed engine oil light on . The light seems to come on when one lets engine return to idle, like when coasting in traffic. The truck runs fine , has no noticable noises /rattles etc. Called dealership truck was purchased from and saleswomen told me to make an appointment with service. Which I did call with no one there to take my call. anybody know if these motors are known for crappiness or is it in sensor.

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Old 12-24-2011, 12:50 PM
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Bought 2007 Dakota 4x4,4door with 128k 2 weeks ago. Truck has run fine in that time. Today we got 15 cm of snow. The roads were very slick and as a result i drove all the way to work in 4 high at 60-70 km/h(56Km).
This is one of those FFV (flexfuelvehicles) where you can run a fuel mix as high as 85% ethanol and 15% 87 octane gasoline.
Ok, as long as you didn't go above 70km/h (43mph), that should be ok
for 56km distance (36mile approximately).

But we need to have some history on this truck and you as an owner.

1. Was the oil/filter changed recently at what interval, since you bought
the truck.

2. Did YOU check the oil dipstick level after the oil change? You should
always do this before going any distance..as oil/grease rack operators
can make mistakes and this could be very costly to you.
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After I got there i had errands to run and left truck parked and idling while I rounded up stuff.
Why and how long did you leave the truck idling? (hopefully you locked the vehicle)

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When i finally got behind wheel to leave (15 Mins). I noticed engine oil light on .
15 minutes idling or leave 15 mins after you got back to the truck to drive
away?
well as a rule of thumb, you should NEVER leave a vehicle idling like that if
you are going to be a fair distance from it. Anything and I mean ANYTHING
can happen to it, or the engine while it's sitting in park idling. Shut it off!

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The light seems to come on when one lets engine return to idle, like when coasting in traffic. The truck runs fine , has no noticable noises /rattles etc.
It could be a oil filter partially plugged or the oil pressure sensor, if the
pressure builds up after the rpm increases, it's more than likely a plugged
or defective oil sensor. The fact that your engine is still running, indicates
that the oil pump is working fine and hasn't seized up on you so at least
there is sufficient oil to allow it to keep running.

What does the oil pressure guage read when the oil light is not on? ..
and what is the pressure on the oil guage when the oil indicator comes on?

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Called dealership truck was purchased from and saleswomen told me to make an appointment with service. Which I did call with no one there to take my call. anybody know if these motors are known for crappiness or is it in sensor.
Well, I wouldn't blame the truck..sensors will fail from time to time..these are solid state sensors. Most Dakota owners have experienced a failed, or intermittent sensor from time to time..welcome to the Dakota club!

I don't think it has anything to do with engine reliability in your case.
You, as an owner need to check on fluids (engine oil, transmission
fluid level, transfer case oil level, rear end oil level), rad coolant,
brake fluid and windshield washer fluid on a regular basis.
Certainly the ones that you can reach with the hood open!
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Old 12-25-2011, 05:16 PM
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First off Carverman thank you for the reply. I do not know when the oil was last changed but I did check dipstick prior to buying the truck. At that time the stick showed the oil was right on the full level and the oil on the stick was very clean. After the oil light came on I pulled over, shut the engine off and checked dipstick, again the oil was at the full level and does not appear dirty. I normally would not leave a vehicle idling for lengthy periods and did not mean to but got weighlayed by employees as soon as I walked in the door. This happened on Friday and I took truck for drive Saturday and it worked fine with no problems. The truck does not have an oil guage, just an idiot light. The dealership is going to look at it next week and I will do oil change then too. Again Thanks.

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Old 12-25-2011, 10:53 PM
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Buzzyboy, also the incorrect weight of oil may have been used in the vehicle. If it were mine I would probably change the oil and put in a good brand of oil and the correct weight just to be on the safe side.
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