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#383 of 489 2001 Dodge Stratus SE Squeaking
Nov 23, 2007 (4:20 pm)
I tend to get "crazy" when something is wrong with my car being I am female and have experience with being "done in" by repair shops. Please help me to go to a shop with, at least, some idea of what a mechanic should be checking.
The Stratus has 84,000 miles on it. About 18 months ago, it started to squeak. Terrible squeaking. I took it to a repair shop and either back or front struts were replaced, breaks needed pads and that was done. A few months later it started to squeak again. Squeaking is worse while driving in the city than on the highway. In 2006 I was laid off and could not afford a diagnosis, let alone a repair. The squeaking is awful. I have noticed that when there is a big rain, the car seems to squeak less or not at all for awhile. The oil hasn't been changed in a year. The right front tire has to be filled with air, regularly. And, I have a transmission fluid leak. I have just started back to work and can gradually tend to needed repairs. Any suggestions where I should start, considing problems I have detailed. Thank you for any suggestions, comments, etc.
#384 of 489 2001 Dodge Stratus SE Squeaking (amoment)
Dec 02, 2007 (5:32 pm)
Since "the oil hasn't been changed in a year", begin with getting that leaky tire repaired and the oil changed. I hope you at least checked the oil level during the past year, to be sure it didn't tun low. Next, have a reputable mechanic determine what's causing the squeak, and get a written estimate for repairing it. If the squeak is due to a safety related issue, you should get it repaired, if you want to keep the car. If the squeak is just annoying, but safety isn't compromised, you can determine whether it's worth fixing. The squeak may be awful, but parting with the money to fix it could be even more awful. Nevertheless, a squeak signifies that something is wrong, no doubt about that.
Good luck, and let us know what happens.
#385 of 489 Re: 2001 Dodge Stratus SE Squeaking (amoment) [hpmctorque]
Dec 02, 2007 (11:31 pm)
Thank you so much for responding to my post. You cannot imagine how helpful your response is. First, you have provided me with direction, and I don't have to wonder what issue to tackle first. I have decided to purchase two inexpensive tires to replace the hideous front tires, and to get an oil change this week. Both rear tires look really good. I do wonder about my breaks (and struts) although I am not experiencing difficulty with stopping. You won't believe this, hpmctorque, but today I went out to run and errand and my side view mirror and casing on the drivers side was broken. I park on a small street and suspect someone sideswiped the mirror. I have talked myself into hoping their car did not sustain any damage as I want to try and end 2007 with positives despite my natural inclinations.
Thanks, again, and may you and your family have a wonderful holiday.
#386 of 489 2004 Dodge Stratus - Gas Light dropping to E with plenty of Gas
Dec 06, 2007 (1:11 pm)
#387 of 489 2004 Dodge Stratus - Gas Light dropping to E with plenty of Gas
Dec 06, 2007 (1:11 pm)
I have a 2004 Dodge Stratus and every so often while driving the Gas Gauge beeps and then moves to E then back to the line of gas remaining. Can you tell me what is going on?
#388 of 489 heater problems
Jan 01, 2008 (7:59 pm)
02 stratus not getting any heat though the vents what are some things I can check before replacing the heater core Im posting this for my wifes friend so I will get more details shortly whether or not its over heating or smells ect.......
#389 of 489 Re: heater problems [at4x4]
Jan 01, 2008 (8:21 pm)
More details, its not over heating and it doesnt smell like antifreeze
#390 of 489 jerking at 30 mph
Jan 11, 2008 (8:27 am)
Hey everyone, I'm new to the forum and I just bought an 04 stratus sxt as my first car yesterday, and I've noticed that when I'm slowing down,right at 30mph, the car does this jerk then proceeds to slow down. It only has 50k on it and it's driving me crazy. Any help would be appreciated
Jan 22, 2008 (11:46 am)
I am from russia.I have 2002 stratus with engine 2.7.I use engine oil mobil 1 5w50 and I have no what problems with the engine.Many people use this oil and too have no what problems with the engine.And that the bulb of pressure of oil did not blink, it is necessary to remove condensation from an end face of a socket on the gauge.Thanks for attention. I hope that my advice will help somebody. Forgive for bad English
#392 of 489 Stratus Rattle
Jan 25, 2008 (12:23 pm)
my 96 ES V6 is making a rattiling noise and i dont know where it's coming from.
when it's trying to start i hear it under me like a loose floor pan or something but when it's running i hear it over by the passenger side i have no idea what it is please help