1988 Dodge Dakota Scheduled Maintenance

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1988 Dodge Dakota Maintenance Schedule

How often should I service my 1988 Dodge Dakota?

Your Guide to 1988 Dodge Dakota Scheduled Maintenance

You want your Dodge Dakota to last as long as possible. With the right maintenance at the right time, your Dakota could be on the road well past the 200,000 mile mark. So, you want to care for your car, but you’re not sure when to get certain services. It can be overwhelming, but fortunately, there’s a resource that takes the guesswork out of routine Dakota maintenance. Rely on the recommended maintenance schedule that’s been created just for your 1988 Dodge Dakota!

This recommended maintenance schedule is written by the auto manufacturer, Dodge themselves. Scheduled maintenance services can vary depending on driving conditions, climate, and other factors; in most cases, though, recommended maintenance will consist of services like oil changes, tire rotations, brake pad replacement, filter changes, and fluid checks and exchanges. Keeping up with routine service appointments is a great way to keep your Dakota running for longer, keep you safer on the road, and prevent common 1988 Dodge Dakota problems.

Learn About Vital Maintenance Needs for Your Dodge Dakota

Come to Firestone Complete Auto Care for manufacturer-recommended routine maintenance on your 1988 Dodge Dakota and a skilled technician will start the appointment with a Courtesy Check. The Courtesy Check helps us see what we’re working with under the hood, and allows us to alert you to any potential problems before they worsen. Every Courtesy Check will include a visual inspection of your Dakota. We’ll check your head and tail lights, fluid levels, filters, tires (and their alignment!), and windshield wiper blades. We’ll also perform a free battery check to determine your battery’s charge level.

Could your 1988 Dodge Dakota be ready for a new battery? Batteries generally need to be replaced every three to five years. Depending on the climate where you live and your habits while driving, your Dakota may need a replacement battery sooner. Extremely hot or cold temperatures can take a toll on your Dodge Dakota battery, and so can frequent short drives. While you could wait until your battery fails and you hear the dreaded "click," you're better off replacing it before then! Otherwise, you may find yourself (and your trusty Dakota) stuck in the middle of nowhere. Your Dodge Dakota could quickly go from being a trusty ride to a source of stress in a matter of minutes.

Ensuring you always have a well-charged battery can help your car’s overall performance, and regularly scheduled oil changes can help your 1988 Dodge Dakota's engine run smoother. See Dodge's recommendations for oil change intervals for your 1988 Dakota in the chart at the top of this page. Remember, things like average outside temperature or frequency of trips could increase or decrease this interval for your specific vehicle. A Firestone Complete Auto Care technician will be happy to help you determine the best oil change frequency for your car’s needs. We'll also help you understand what type of oil to use for your 1988 Dodge Dakota.

Routine upkeep for your Dodge Dakota suspension and steering system can help you keep control of your vehicle at all times (plus, it can make for a smoother ride!). That's important if you plan on taking the road less traveled! Bring your car to Firestone Complete Auto Care, where our technicians can check your car’s steering components and, if necessary, perform Dodge Dakota suspension and steering services. These might include wheel alignment, power steering fluid flushes and replenishments, ball joint lubrication, wheel bearing replacement, and strut replacement. Components within your Dodge Dakota's steering system require regular maintenance.

If you skip recommended Dodge Dakota services, you could be feeling the heat on the road – literally! A malfunctioning A/C system or overheating engine can wreak havoc on your car. Our technicians have you covered there, too, with the tools and expertise to care for your entire Dodge Dakota cooling, heating, and climate control system. Is your Dodge Dakota radiator in need of replacement? We can take care of that. Is your A/C blowing hot air? We'll fix it. Firestone Complete Auto Care is your spot for 1988 Dodge Dakota maintenance.

Don’t wait until something goes wrong with your car. Visit your nearest location for proactive maintenance today.

1988 Dodge Dakota Maintenance Questions

Take an active role in maintaining your 1988 Dodge Dakota. Get answers to common Dodge Dakota maintenance questions and learn more about caring for your vehicle.

  • When should I have Dodge Dakota alignment checked? Check your car for pothole damage! If you’ve recently hit a pothole (or even if you don’t remember hitting one… they can be sneaky!) check your tire treads, tire sidewalls, and wheels for damage. Potholes can also knock your car out of alignment, so have your alignment checked if you suspect you’ve driven over a rough patch of road lately.
  • When does my Dodge Dakota need high mileage oil? Got 75,000+ miles on the odometer? Consider high mileage motor oil. High mileage oil is formulated to address the specific problems encountered by high mileage vehicles, or those with more than 75,000 miles. It can help reduce oil consumption, smoke, and emissions from older Dodge Dakota engines.
  • Can I ignore dashboard lights on my Dodge? Don't ignore dashboard warning lights! Bring your Dodge Dakota in for a diagnostic code scan as soon as a dashboard warning light flashes on, whether it's your check engine or battery light. Dashboard lights alert you to trouble under the hood.