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Old 02-22-09, 09:37 AM
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99 Dakota question

Howdy folks!! My roommate has a 99 Dodge Dakota with the 8 Cyl engine with a stick shift. The brake warning light is on even after we fixed the brakes. On one of the truck shows on Spike, they were reprogramming the vehicle computer by disconnecting the battery cables and holding them together for 30 seconds after putting on a Diesel modification on a Dodge truck. We were wondering if this would turn off the brake warning light. Thank you much for any input and don't have too much fun!!!
 
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Old 02-22-09, 12:32 PM
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Ok...to the beginning....

What did you fix about the brakes????????

Now...Technically , the brake warning doesnt have anything to do with the actual pads or shoes...... It has to do with the BRAKE FLUID....

First off, check the fluid in the master Cylinder..and top off if needed. if that doesnt fix it, unplug the fluid level switchon the side, and check the light. If it goes out with the switch unplugged, you have a stuck switch in the M/C.
If not, check the "E-Brake" and make sure it is completely disengaged---Pull the release while lifting the pedal with your toe.
Finally, there is a switch at the ebrake mechanism. unplug it and check the light.....These switches are often very common replacement items and can be had for a few bucks.
99??? There really isnt anything technically overadvanced about the truck to even consider a computer reprogram..At least not for a basic , "On-OFF" circuit like a warning lamp.
 
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Replaced the pads and rotors. The fluid level is fine.
 
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Old 03-27-09, 10:49 AM
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Actually made a couple mistakes about issue. The ABS and BRAKE warning lights came on after replacing the front left wheel bearing. Terribly sorry about the misinformation and the time it took to put up the right info.
 
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would have the abs codes checked in the abs and see what comes up the brake warning light and abs light is probably due to the same problem.
would check the left wheel bearing to see if the sensor may of got damaged and just to make sure it has the correct bearing on if its a one piece bearing assembly you may have installed the wrong part as the abs and non abs vehicles are probably different.
 
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would check the left wheel bearing to see if the sensor may of got damaged and just to make sure it has the correct bearing on if its a one piece bearing assembly you may have installed the wrong part as the abs and non abs vehicles are probably different.

Not probably....Definitely....There are actually 6 different bearings for a dakota....With and without abs, with and without 4wd, and US or Canada.

Most Auto Parts stores, are equipped to read OBD2 Codes for Emissions. Unfortunately , your gonna have to take it somewhere and shell out the bucks to read the codes if you cant visually find an "OBVIOUS" problem......

Did you plug "BOTH ENDS" of the sensor back in when you finished with the bearing? Any obvious cuts or abrasions to the Harness? Remove the brake and rotor from the left side.....A 4 MM allen Bolt (In an emergency..you can substitute a T-30 Torx Bit) and remove the "End of the sensor from the hub.....Is the "Stick" broken off.

Then there is the "Fluke Coincidence" that it will have nothing to do with the left side of the truck...
 
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