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#302 of 490 Overheating
Jul 17, 2006 (2:36 pm)
My 2001 Dodge stratus SE with 2.7 V6, overheated on me yet again. This time it smoked, all my mechanic friends say its the thermostat. It has many other problems, an oil light flashing when I stop as well as a ticking sound when I stop. The RPM meter does not work. The Radio also doesn't work and the ac only works on high. I have taken it to many dealers for repair. I need help! What is wrong with my car?
#303 of 490 Re: Overheating [mamatb]
Jul 17, 2006 (4:20 pm)
I have a Grand Am and last summer my AC only worked on Med- to high. Now it only works on the highest setting. If someone emails you back and you please forward me the email?
#304 of 490 Spongy brake pedal depression
Jul 27, 2006 (5:41 am)
While my 97 Stratus has always had a bit of a spongy effect when hitting the brakes, recently during hard stops, the peddle has sunk nearly to the floorboard partway thru braking, increasing stopping distance.
This is only occurring while braking from, say, 60 mph to a stop. Not getting this 'effect' when braking up to 40 mph. It's like the brakes work fine braking from 60 down to 20 mph, then the pedal suddenly depresses without any further braking! Fortunetly, that last inch before the pedal bottoms out against the floorboard stops the car.
I did have the brake power booster replaced around 2 years ago, this feels eerily similar...
Anyone got any thoughts or experience on this???
#305 of 490 New to Stratus
Aug 01, 2006 (4:45 pm)
My daughter purchased a 1999 Stratus a couple of days ago (first car for her). Today she noticed a blinking red light on the instrument cluster that has no insignia of what it indicates (like the oil can indicating the oil light). It's just a red light. It is located at about 1 o'clock above the temperature gauge. Could this indicate that the anti-theft protection is engaged, or if not, what is it? Thanks for any help you can give me.
#306 of 490 Re: New to Stratus [zephon]
Aug 02, 2006 (1:12 pm)
blinking red light on top right corner indicates anti-theft is arming. and will blink slowly indicating it is armed. No need to worry its doing what its suppose to.. when and if the light stays on...it means problem in electrical system. be advised this car is very attractive but is costly.. and make sure all RECALL maintance has been performed.. (alot) i advise u do furthur research and find out what other owners are saying..
#307 of 490 99 stratus "no start" issue resolved
Aug 02, 2006 (1:39 pm)
got in the car this morning turned the ignition and ... nothing.. thought it was the battery but lights radio etc. worked fine. didn't go to work cuz no transportation. my dad spent about 4 hours trying to figure out what it was.. (checking starter, battery etc.)
then i found this site and read a post about PCM FUSE (# 5) located under the hood (power distribution center) found that it was burned out, replaced it with the spare (found on the interior driver side fuse box). so far its been fine.. ill post again when it happens,
from what i've read its bound to be sooner than later. hope this helps
we were the first owner of this car and always had regular tune up and maintenance. but still had similar problems described by other dodge owners.. head gasket, banging noise from breaks, oil leaks etc.. but is still in very great shape. car has about 70,000 miles and maybe spent $3,000 in over-all repairs. lucky, today was the first time it did the "no start" issue.. but i'm not gonna wait around for the problems to get worse, last time i buy a dodge.
#308 of 490 Re: New to Stratus [joeca603]
Aug 02, 2006 (5:11 pm)
Thankyou, I suspected as much. And I will be sure to check into the recall maintenance issues, or barring that, read through this forum to learn what to be on the lookout for.
#309 of 490 PCM/ABS fuse "NOT RESOLVED"
Aug 03, 2006 (1:50 pm)
finding out why the car wasn't starting was the easy part..
when i replaced the blown pcm/abs fuse car started fine..
turned off ignition. and later that day i got in the car turned the ignition and fuse burned again... dont know why.. tried calling dodge for appointment, 30 minutes ago.. and 'im still on hold... any help would be appreciated
#310 of 490 "NO START" CAUSED BY FAULTY STARTER NOT PCM/ABS
Aug 03, 2006 (2:02 pm)
in previous post i stated fuse #5 was blown(pcm/abs) .. correction it was #8 (IGN FUEL STARTER). starter has been replaced and seems to be in working order
Aug 09, 2006 (11:12 am)
I have a 2001 Dodge stratus se or es coupe, and recently had the head gasket and water pump changed due to overheating. When I turn the car off and put the key in the on position, (you know just to listen to the radio or put the windows up, the engine is not on) the thermostat gauge goes up past half way (about half an inch past half way), the dealership told me that was normal, but I just wanted to make sure, so if anyone knows if it is or isn't let me know so i dont have to pay for another head gasket!!!!!