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Dodge Stratus, Sedan
#450 of 489 Re: Car does not start [status2]
Oct 11, 2009 (7:09 am)
For 2 years, my 2000 Dodge Stratus either wouldn't start or cut off abruptly while driving or idling. Spent over $1,000 at 2 different shops. No change. Finally went to individual with shop in his backyard....someone who really knows cars. He removed, cleaned and then tightened the wires to the PMC (power control module). Cost me $75 for his time 1 yr ago and problem hasn't returned.
#451 of 489 Tail light problems
Nov 18, 2009 (7:33 pm)
I have a 97 Dodge Stratus whose passenger tail light is acting flaky. I replaced the bulb and the tail light illuminates when the lights are on. When I press the brake, the light goes off. If the lights are off and I press the brake, the brake light illuminates, however dimmer than the driver's side. Any ideas??
#452 of 489 2005 Dodge Stratus 2.4 dies at 82K miles
Nov 27, 2009 (11:00 am)
HEADS UP!! My 2005 Dodge Stratus 2.4 just died at 82K miles. Found out there is a way of checking codes on the cars computer without taking it to Autozone. If you have a digital odometer you can check codes by turning the ignition on and off 2 times then to the on position without bumping the engine and it will read off codes on your odometer.So in my case I had a code come up as P0340 which is the Camshaft Position Sensor.So I changed the sensor out and cleared the code from the computer by disconnecting the battery.The code returned and found out from my mechanic that the timing belt broke and caused 2 engine valves to be bent.Only $1600 in repairs.This could have been avoided if Dodge would have said to check or replace timing belt before 90K miles like it said in the service manual.
Dec 13, 2009 (5:38 pm)
I have a 2000 Dodge Status. I put my key in the ignition and it won't turn backward or forward. It is like the ignition is locked. I turned my lights on, so I know the battery isn't dead. I seatbelted myself in, I made sure that the gear was in PARK, I placed my foot on the brake, etc... and I even tried an alternate key that I have, so it isn't the key. I also checked the fuses and they are fine. Oh yeah, and I'm not out of gas.
Basically, it is like the ignition is locked.
Any suggestions as to what the problem may be?
#455 of 489 name of part???
Dec 13, 2009 (6:54 pm)
I'm trying to find out the name of a part located in the steering column which allows the horn to be blown and the air bag to come on when it is most important. It is for a 2003 stratus/ 4 door. I'm trying to price it, but w/o the name, its not gonna happen
thanx in advance for ur help...
#456 of 489 Replacing Headlight Bulb
Dec 18, 2009 (6:52 am)
I have a 2002 Stratus Se. I need to replace the driver side headlight bulb. How do you get to the bulb. It looks like you have to take other components off to get to the bulb. Is there an easy way.
#457 of 489 2000 Dodge Stratus
Dec 18, 2009 (8:27 am)
I love driving in my Stratus. I love the way it handles, i.e. the tightness on the road. Feels like I'm in a little sports car sometimes. No auto manufacturer makes a perfect vehicle.
Yes, the Japanese took some of our ideas and made them better. It caught the American Auto Industry and surpassed it.
We need to keep the auto industry jobs within the United States. Keep the money here, right? But at the same time, perhaps there must be some kind of regulations or laws that force the American Auto Industry to have at minimum, a high quality product, e.g. some much quality within a range in reference to other high quality auto manufacturers, e.g. Nissan, Toyota, etc.
I had a Saturn Ion. The transmission in this Saturn was a Japanese transmission. Figure that.
Oh well, I can't wait to get into my Stratus. I am going to jam.
Thank you Dodge for making the Stratus. I am enjoying it. Yes, I've had to put money into fixing things, but I think it is worth it for now.
Dodge would probably get their feelings hurt if I told them that I dream about having a new Nissan Frontier, Ford Mustang GT(Shelby or whatever), and a Cadillac CTS Coupe. If I was greedy, instead of the Mustang, I would get a Corvette Z06 or ZR1.
For now, I will enjoy my 2000 Dodge Stratus. Never know what is next on the "fixing" list.
I just forked out ( a few days ago ) $288 to replace a key tumbler.
Oh well, all vehicles have to have maintenance and fixing at some point in their life time.
Have a great day. It is clear blue skys here in the Colorado Springs area at 8:26 a.m.
Think I'll check fluid levels and maybe air pressure, and hit the road for awhile.
#458 of 489 No one can figure out what is wrong....
Feb 01, 2010 (6:16 pm)
We have a 2004 stratus. Our car will be hard to start and the engine light will come on. Wait a few minutes and restart usually will start fine. Doesnít happen every time we start it.
We took it to Autozone- told it was the crank sensor or camshaft sensor. We have replaced both. Still having the same problem.
We took it to a mechanic- he couldnít figure out what the problem was. He told us to take it to an electrician. We have and they canít figure it out. Because the codes only show when the light is on and that isnít all the time, they have had our vehicle for over a month. They thought it was the housing for the sensor- they tighted the prongs and it cleared the problem, but when I went to pick it up the problem recurred.
#459 of 489 Re: No one can figure out what is wrong.... [jjfike2004]
Feb 03, 2010 (4:34 pm)
Intermittent problems are the most difficult to diagnose. How many miles on your Stratus? Mine started and ran a little funky when the spark plugs got to about 95k miles. They were in really bad shape when I changed them. If yours are old, you should change them anyway. Make sure you have good fuel and add a full system fuel treatment to rule out contaminated gas. Buy only top quality gas for awhile to see what that does. I have a 2004 Stratus with 120k miles on it. Have done all my own maintenance and never had that problem. I would take it to a good auto-electric shop or, sadly, take it to a dealer at least for the diagnosis.