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#473 of 490 rough engine
Jul 01, 2011 (9:06 am)
My check engine light goes on and off intermitantly. Every time I put gas in it the damn light goes on and then about two days later it goes off. Then it will turn on while driving and it will not shift out of second gear. (2005 Dodge stratus 2.4L DOHC) I pull over, turn it off and count to 5 and turn it on again. Light stays on but the car will now shift. It is happening more often. We have already replaced the battery, and some sort of solenoid that has to do with the emissions system and the starter solenoid. When I go to Autozone and have it read it spits out so many codes that you just know the reader hasn't a clue. Does any one out ther have any suggestions? I am planning to trade this thing off soon and I needit to run well.
#474 of 490 message 473 cont.
Jul 01, 2011 (9:10 am)
Also the engine will cough and sputter from time to time. It will idle rough from time to time too. It is also taking more rpms to make the gears shift under normal driving conditions. Some times it raps up to 3000 rpms before shifting at normal acceleration. It is disturbing.
#475 of 490 2003 Dodge Stratus SXT jerks occasionally when idle
Jul 25, 2011 (10:17 am)
I just bought this car. I've noticed that it seems to "jerk" on occasion when I am sitting at a stoplight. I've only changed the oil so far on the vehicle, I haven't done any other repairs at all. Any ideas what this might be? Besides this random, occasional jerking, the car seems to run like a dream. Also, it only happens when idle. Thanks in advance.
#476 of 490 Spark plugs
Jul 31, 2011 (3:06 pm)
I finally took my car to the dealership and had them put it on the diagnostic machine and they wanted $2300 to fix it. My friend took a look at it and fixed the whole thing with a spark plug. I have had problems with my car off and on since we got it and it was always fixed with spark plugs and new wires. Make sure that you have the plugs checked/changed. It may help. It sure helped mine. Good luck!
#477 of 490 Re: 2003 Dodge Stratus SXT jerks occasionally when idle [bremerdc]
Aug 23, 2011 (8:57 pm)
Have you figured out what this is? My stratus does the exact same thing. I have had the spark plugs done and one of my cv axles needed to be replaced. Neither of these fixed stopped the random jerking. My car runs very smooth and the mechanic said the transmission was excellent. Please let me know if you have found your issue so that I can have my car checked for it as well.
#478 of 490 Re: 2003 Dodge Stratus SXT jerks occasionally when idle [angelpooh1173]
Aug 24, 2011 (10:08 am)
I haven't figured out what caused it. However, I replaced my spark plugs and also used fuel injector cleaner (less than $3 at your auto parts store) when I filled up my gas tank. I did this twice. After using the fuel injector cleaner and changing the plugs, it hasn't done the "jerking" again. It still idles a bit rough at times, but nothing major. Good luck!
On the downside, one of my spark plugs was covered in oil. Sounds like I may have an engine overhaul in my distant future. Can't wait.
#479 of 490 Re: 2003 Dodge Stratus SXT jerks occasionally when idle [bremerdc]
Sep 08, 2011 (11:42 am)
Oh no! Just wanted to share. I found my issue!!! I already had the plugs done and ran some fuel injector cleaner through the gas tank. I got the cv axles checks and the mechanic noticed that my rear engine mount was gone, hence the jerking! 200 dollar fix. Hope your engines issues aren't too bad.
#480 of 490 Ran my 2005 dodge stratus sedan out of oil
Sep 22, 2011 (4:24 pm)
I unknowingly ran my car out of oil this week. The oil light had come on twice before, but only for a second when going around a tight curve or sitting at a steep angle. As it only flashed for a split second i thought i still had a little time to grab oil (which is what i was going to do when the engine light started flashing), but apparently not.
When i was a few blocks away from home the engine light started flashing and my car began chugging and making some noise.
When i got home i borrowed a roommates car and purchased oil. Unfortunately when i was filling it the bottle slipped and i poured the entire gallon in, so it is now overfilled.
I have driven it a few times this week since then (it's finals week at school and i had no other choice but to go or fail) but it still chugs while idling or stopped at a light etc. But while driving above 15-20 mph it runs fine, just as it did before. I took it on the freeway today and it did 60 just fine. The exhaust wreaks of oil and is quite noticeable.
The car is a 2005 dodge stratus sedan (special model, can't remember the letters) with around 130,000 miles on it. I bought the car with around 20,000 miles on it and have taken decent care of it until now with no problems.
The only issue it's ever had is the check engine light has been on since it was purchased. So now when i start the car the engine light is on and after a few seconds, or when i begin to drive it flashes. I don't think this is pertinent to the problem but figured id mention it.
The other thing i have noticed is it consumed gas much more quickly than before.
I have read a lot of posts on various sites (including this thread) about similar issues but i couldn't find consistent information, especially dealing with running it out and overfilling. I am taking it as a good sign that it still works, but want to know if it's just a matter of time before my engine kicks it? or if the current problems are due to overfilling?
I will hopefully be draining the oil and refilling it properly tomorrow, but am looking for more information. Please, any insight you might have would be very helpful.
#481 of 490 Re: jerking at 30 mph [jcella]
Oct 16, 2011 (3:52 am)
Sounds like you will need a transmission rebuild. I had to have mine done as well. I was having the same issues with the jerking. Its your transmission slipping. Have it checked.
#482 of 490 97 Dodge Stratus Missing
Nov 16, 2011 (12:47 am)
I just got a 97 Dodge Stratus couple months ago and it's been giving me problems every sense it's missing really bad but when it rain it is worse. I put cap and rotor on it but did not help it is leaking oil around the gasket not sure if it need spark plugs or not. Can anyone PLEASE help me.