'03 dodge Dakota 3.9 v6 136k- I’ve had a variety of issues I’ve fixed over the last few months, mostly because she sat for about two years while I was out of the country. But I’ve been able to figure everything out and get it fixed pretty easily up until now.
It’s been wet and rainy recently and yesterday was the first time my truck failed to start completely. However, the issue has been ongoing. It turns over really rough if it’s a bit damp or humid, sputtering and idling really rough once it does start. I have to let it sit and warm up a bit before I drive it, and when I do it doesn’t accelerate well and sputters a bit when I stop. However, after it’s been running awhile the problem goes away completely, and there after starts up without a problem. Also, I have noticed a gas smell whenever it’s struggled (or failed) to start.
When it’s dry out, even when it’s cold, it starts up without a problem and might have a bit of rough idling when put in gear for just a few minutes.
I feel like this might be an easy fix if identified (though maybe not the cheapest and I’ll probably have to take it to a mechanic, don’t have a way to work on it myself). However, everytime I brought it up to mechanics previously, they couldn’t tell me anything because the problem went away because it was warmed up by the time it got to them.
Any good suggestions on what might need replaced and/or how to figure that out would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.