Last post on Jul 09, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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#483 of 490 DODGE STRATUS STEREO WIRING PROBLEM
Apr 12, 2012 (10:36 am)
I wired my stereo in my 00 stratus and everything seems to be wired correctly and connected properly, but when I turn on my windshield wipers or use my blinkers it sounds like the radio is shorting out. It only does this when the car is fully running, not when the car is on accessory, is this a wiring problem, or a fuse problem? Thanks.
#484 of 490 2004 Dodge Stratus dies at stop signs
Apr 24, 2012 (6:48 pm)
2004 Dodge Stratus, 2.7 engine, 120,000 miles. This vehicle has recently started dying occasionally at stoplights. However, it always starts back up immediately. Some days it runs just fine. Other days it may quit 4 or 5 times. No codes. The spark plugs were changed at 100,000 miles. It was dying before the plugs were changed and then the problem ceased until just lately. I have put injector cleaner in the gas tank the past 3 times when filling up. Without a code, I don't know what else to do.
Also, how far should the temperature gauge rise? Recently, a local mechanic changed the thermostat. However, now the temp gauge only rises to the first mark and stays there. Never goes any higher and then drop back down when the thermostat opens. Is this normal? I thought there might be air in the system or the thermostat was faulty. He put another thermostat in it last week and with the same result. It's a 185 degree thermostat but a computer says the coolant is 180 degrees when fully warmed up.
Any help would be appreciated.
I'm not sure if a false temp. reading could cause the dying problem.
#485 of 490 2005 Dodge Stratus SXT
Jul 20, 2012 (7:05 pm)
Can someone please help this single mother that REALLY needs this car to work!!! Well my car is a 2005 Dodge Stratus SXT 2.4 liter 4 cyl 2 wheel drive. This car started messing up when the engine light turned on, the car starts fine but when you shift it will only go up to 30 mph and the RPM would be like in the 3 and the car feels like it's super heavy. Car will drive only on the first gear up to 30 and the second shift wouldn't kick in. The two mechanics that I took it to apparently claim to have changed a sensor and one even asked me to buy the computer which I did already so car has new computer. I did tell them both that I smelled burnt wire before it started messing up. yet they don't seem to find out what is actually wrong. Can someone please explain... Super URGENT!!
#486 of 490 Re: 2005 Dodge Stratus SXT [plara]
Jul 20, 2012 (7:41 pm)
It sounds to me like your transmission has failed. I have a 2003 Dodge Stratus SXT and I had to replace the transmission at 180,000 miles. Apparently these cars are notorious for their transmission issues. If you have a "Certified Transmissions" in your area, take it to them. They'll check it out for free. If you need a new one, it will be about $2,300, but you'll get a 50,000 mile warranty.
#487 of 490 Re: 2004 Dodge Stratus dies at stop signs [bernsax]
Jul 29, 2012 (8:36 pm)
My 2004 Stratus was doing the same thing. I would slow down or turn and the brake light in the dash would come on. It would stall and just quit running, sometimes I would not even be able to start it, come back a few minutes later and it would start up and run for a week with no issues. I also noticed the fans were not coming on when they should with the air conditioning and thermostat, this was causing the car to run hot and I would have to watch it closely... The problem was the positive battery cables going from the battery to the relay box and battery to the starter were bad. You can test this by reading the voltage from the jump start posts with a volt meter, you will see the voltage fluctuate from 7 - 14 volts. This is causing the relays to bounce and the pcm to malfunction... Problem was fixed with $20 dollars worth of cables and a side post terminal that holds two cables, it's not an easy fix if you do it yourself, but you will save a few hundred dollars by spending the time... Hope this helps, everyone always lists the problems, but they never update the solutions! Also, when the problem happens, pop the hood and touch the positive jump start post or the cable attached to it, if it's hot to the touch, this is the problem, should never be HOT!
#488 of 490 QUICK FIX FOR SINGLE MOM
Sep 28, 2012 (4:06 am)
Your trans. has not fail. I had the exact same problem. U need to change the ECM. Its a computer that sits right in front of the positive post cable ..its grey on the back and have 4 square plugs running out the front of it...If u CHANGE that..your trans will work like NEW again....
#489 of 490 Re: 2001 Dodge Stratus SE Squeaking [amoment]
Oct 02, 2012 (2:25 pm)
We had the same issue with squeaking I believe. I did some self diagnosis and determined that it was a ball joint ruuber boot had a rip in it and the ball joint was drying out. We also had it diminish when it rained but came right back. I just shot some WD-40 into the boot and the join and I know that is a temporary fix, but hasn't squeaked since then.
I realize this is a long overdue answer, but if anyone out there still has this issue, hope this post helps!
#490 of 490 1998 stratus es clunks in to gear, gauges go flat
Jul 09, 2013 (9:11 am)
I just got this car. Sometimes, it makes a big clunking sound when going into reverse and then when I put it into drive, the speedo stays at 0 and it feels like it's really struggling to go. We pulled out the battery and charged it. Now the battery light flashes for just a second. Before we did this, only the tach registered and all other gauges did not work. Help! When it does NOT clunk, it runs really well.