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My 2001 dodge Dakota acts sluggish when acceratating,

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My 2001 dodge Dakota acts sluggish when acceratating, backfires too, and stalls, once it gets going it runs fine, what could be causing this
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Jared D replied 1 year ago.

A bad mass air flow sensor can cause the symptoms you describe. Typically you will have a check engine light on to accompany the basckfires and stall as well. Is your check engine light on?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no the check engine has not come on
Expert:  Jared D replied 1 year ago.

Sorry for no response yesterday; I don't get on here on Sundays. So, sluggish with no check engine light usually points to a bad mass air flow sensor. If you have a diagnostic scan tool you can check the sensor. If not, you might just have to replace it and hope for the best. Do you want to try that? I can send a diagram that shows how it's done.