1998 Dodge DAKOTA Suspension Front Control Arm Upper Ball Joint Problems, Complaints and Defects, Recalls and Failures

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1998 Dodge DAKOTA Suspension Front Control Arm Upper Ball Joint Problems, Complaints and Defects

 Issue ID518377
 Internal NHTSA #10102635
 Model Year1998
 File date21/10/04
Product type codeVEHICLE
 Description of the problem1998 dodge dakota. I purchased 4 new tires from a goodyear dealer. They told me at this time that all four ball joints were extremely bad. One upper ball joint had about an inch to an inch and a quarter. I had the vehicle towed at my expense to the dealer where i purchased to truck and an extended warrante. Pervious to this, i had been complaining about a loud thumpiong sound coming from the passenger front. (this turned out to be the worse ball hjoint found). The dealer kept telling me that all my suspension and ball joints were fine. The sound continued and i repeatedly bought the truck back complaining about this sound. The last time, prior to my getting new tires which were rotated every other oil change, i was charged a road test fee and told nothing was wrong. After the new tires were installed and the truck brought back to the dealer, i was told that their 'front end expert' found one lower ball joint (passenger side) that has a small amount of play in it. It was replaced. I brought the truck directly back to goodyear for the alignment and they called me into the service area where they showed me an incredible amount of play in the right upper ball joint and an more than normal amount of play in the left upper joint. The lower joint had a grease fitting and did not reveal that much play this time because the dealer and done a lube, oil and filter change while the truck was there for the ball joint work. I now see that the nhtsa and asked for a recall on the dodge vechiles starting from the year 2000. My truck is a 1998 and certainly fits the description of the other recalled vechiles.*ak
 Vehicle Mileage at Failure77164
Number of Occurences1
Source of the issueNHTSA WEB SITE
 City and StateMADISON, CT
 Was vehicle invloved in a crash?N
 Was vehicle involved in a fire?N
 Was incedent reported to police?N
 Was medical attention required?
 Was part original equipment?
No. of injured persons0
No. of fatalities0
 Date of purchase11/08/98
Was original owner?Y
Anti-lock brakesY
Cruise controlY
Number of cylinders6
Drive train type
Transmission typeAUTO
 Vehicle speed0
 DoT tire identifier
 Tire size
 Location of tire code
 Type of tire failure code
 Was defective tire repaired?
 Date of manufacture
Type of child seat code
Type of restraint
 Dealer's nameSTANLEY MOTORS
 Dealer's telephone number860-388-5761
 Dealer's cityOLD SAYBROOK
 Dealer's state codeCT
 Dealer's ZIP code06475
  • What is Recall?

    A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.
  • What is Failure?

    Failure is the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic engineering.
  • What is Defect?

    Non-conformance of a car component with the specified requirements, or non-fulfillment of user expectations, including the safety aspects.
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