Miss fire on #5

Hi Guys,

I have a 1996 Dodge Dakota V6 4x4 with 84K

miles. the check engine light is on & the code reads misfire #5. I took it to the shop and they think it is a fuel problem.It only really shows up over 2000 rpm. There is a poping noise and loss of power, especially under load. So far, the fuel systems has been cleaned along with the fuel rail and the #5 fuel injector has been replaced. They claim they checked the electrical system, but I’m not so sure. I’m wondering if it might be a problem with the distributor cap or some type of vacuum problem.

Any thoughts?

Dodges of this vintage are notorious for bad belly pan gaskets causing pinging, loss of oil and power. Look down through the throttle body for any evidence of oil in the throttle body.

Google “Dodge belly pan gasket” for more info.

The good site for all things Dakota is


A lot of knowledgeable and helpful folks on this site. I’m sure they can help you.

It’s a good truck, hang on to it. I still miss my 95 Club Cab.

Good luck,

Ed B.