Dodge Dakota 2004 Key Programming Procedure
The following are the key programming procedures for Dodge Dakota for the year 2004.
ADD KEY (Must have two working Sentry Keys):
1. Put one of the two current keys into the ignition and turn to the ON position.
2. After the key has been in the ON position for at least three seconds — but no more than 15 seconds — turn the key back to the OFF position.
3. Take the key out and put in the second current key, turning it to the ON position, all within 15 seconds. The second key cannot be the same as the first key.
4. After ten seconds, a theft alarm light will illuminate and a single chime will sound. This confirms entry into “Customer Programming Mode”.
5. Within 60 seconds, turn key OFF and remove the current key.
6. Put a new key into the ignition and turn to the ON position.
7. After ten seconds, a single chime will sound. The theft alarm light will turn off. Wait three seconds and turn key OFF.
8. Repeat these steps for additional keys.
About Dodge Dakota
The second-generation Dakota began development in 1991, with an external design concept by Dennis Myles and design director John R. Starr being approved in mid-1993 and frozen for production in January 1994, 30 months ahead of the first-generation Dakota. On May 20, 1994, the USPTO issued design patents with the number D373,979. The Dakota for the 1997 model year was announced via press release in the summer of 1996, and it was produced from July 1996 to July 2004. It took on the larger Ram’s semi truck appearance. However, the underpinnings remained essentially unchanged, with the exception of 4WD vehicles, which received rack and pinion steering as part of the re-design. The ‘R/T’ variant with the 5.9 L 250 horsepower (186 kW) Magnum V8 was introduced that year. It was considered one of the most radical vehicles in its class when it was introduced, not only because of its design, but also because it was the only truck in its class with an optional V8 engine that rivaled many V8s found in full-size trucks with payloads up to 1,500 lb (680 kg).
From spring 1998 through spring 2003, a new limited-edition R/T package was available as an option on the Dakota Sport model. Only available in RWD, this version is regarded a true street/sport truck. Factory upgrades included a 360 cubic inch/5.9-liter V8 engine that produced 250 horsepower (186 kW) at 4,400 rpm and 345 foot-pounds of torque at 3,200 rpm. The 46RE four-speed automatic transmission was the only option, and it came with a performance axle, limited-slip differential, sport suspension and steering, upgraded brakes, performance exhaust, special 17×9″ cast-aluminum wheels, monotone paint, bucket seats, and a slew of other standard features.
On 2002 and 2003 models, chrome wheels were offered. The new stampede lower body cladding package and a chromed version of the original cast 17×9 aluminum wheels were included as standard equipment on some of the last versions built in 2003. This version of the R/T Dakota was produced until 2003, when the newer 2003 R/T vehicles were designated as their own trim line and no longer as part of a Dakota Sport option package. The Dakota R/T could sprint a quarter-mile in just over 15 seconds and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.9 seconds.
In 1998, a small team known as Truck Special Programs released the Dakota R1 for manufacture in Brazil, which had a base four-cylinder engine and a 2.5L VMI turbodiesel as well as a V8, both constructed around a reinforced four-wheel drive chassis utilized on both two- and four-wheel drive variants. In total, 28 R1 roll-in-chassis configurations were planned for the Brazilian market and will be manufactured as CKDs at the Curitiba assembly plant. When Chrysler was purchased by Daimler, the initiative was canceled.