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Dodge Stratus



  • All Dodge owners need to be aware that the trany fluid must be ATF+4, and nothing less or more. The TCM (the computer for the trany) if burnt out inside of it will send the trany into limp mode and you will not have any speed past 25mph. The TCM runs on timing with your engine so be sure that a replacement TCM is programed according to your engine...trany shop can do this. Speed sensors in and out regulate your rpm, so if there is something wrong with your tach, have the sensors replaced.Trany solynoid also controls the flow of the trany fluid through the screens so a codes would tell you if that was faulting, but if the wrong fluid type you will run into problems of shift due to the trany is computered not belted as other ordinary tranys are....Dodge is unique for our trany's safety to protect it from crunching down to nothing. Dodge deserves praise for making it conform to the driver as it will shift according to your driving ie, burn rubber not gears as the powertrain is one with the trany's command from that TCM. As for those who suffer battery problems, remember that heat or any large change in the weather or handling of the car can run a battery down. An alternator going bad will kill your car wherever it wants and nothing will light up or music clicking either. A bad fuel pump is your car trying to start...cranks over might start for a few and choke and puff a backfire...might go around the parking lot but not at any kind of speed...then choke and die...not your injectors, not your fuel regulator, not the fuel filter on the outside but rather your pump is toast. For the one who can't remove his tires, the answer is that it has locking need the key that is made for removing the a protection from people stealing custom wheels. As for those of you thinking wire harness, check to see if you have vacuum in all of your hoses...some suck air and others blow but it all is run by timing from your engine, even the brakes run from the 'vacuum brake booster'. Keep your air-intake clean also for those who have check engine lights on, as the O2 sensor is why....spray a can of 'air intake cleaner' into your choke and disconnect your battery and then reconnect...if that is still on then have an exhaust machainic look at it...he just programs it turn it off for you if nothing is showing on the computer scan. REMEMBER EVERYTHING IS the PCM to tell you what is wrong, as that throws the codes...if that was faulty then your whole system would go bazzerk, and NO codes. The PCM is your car's computer and it won't work without it, just as the car won't crank if the spark isn't there...don't replace the things that work. :shades:
  • Your TCM is burnt inside. The TCM is that silver box next to your Fuse sits between the fuse box and the air intake *the engine*...the PCM sits on the other side of the fuse box with its' two large connectors. On the TCM is a round button that you can reach and pop off to check it's insides. The inside should be clear golden color jelly that covers the mother board inside of the metal case of the TCM...if it is any other color or hard as plastic upon the touch it is burnt from one of the chips on that mother board...or from one or both transisters being shot *melted down* which is also half way covered by the protective jell...there is only 2 of those near the 2 heat sinks. Nothing is supposed to be melted down or burn jelly. The TCM saves the trany from burning out and just saved it. :shades:
  • naldoonnaldoon Posts: 2
    Do not buy this car! There is a good reason this was a cheap worthless car!

    I had to replace both struts in the back of the car. However, you can buy struts and a strut mount kit. Which of coarse probably wasn't the problem. The plates both struts rest in, inside of the wheel well, are made of an aluminum alloy which easily and quickly oxidized and caused it to chip away cheaply! They were on back order by 10,000 at one point. Recall? No! Avoid Chrysler!

    To top that off, I have changed my oil every 5000 miles with Mobile Synthic 5000 miles guarnateed. Well, while driving on highway, not doing anything fancy 70mph.

    Engine exploded, died, pulled over and car caught on fire!

    No prior engine problems, oil always changed, no metal shavings in oil! Has never overheated or had any heating problems. The engine exploded from he engine block tearing a hold through my engine, which leaked oil onto my exhaust catching it on fire!

    137,000 miles on the car. Expect that to be the lifetime of that engine!
  • naldoonnaldoon Posts: 2
    Just wanted to let you know that I used Mobile Synthetic 5000 miles.

    Never had ANY engine problems, except for transmission rebuilt. Never had to fix a damn thing and it's a 2002 4 cyl 2.4L 4 door sedan.

    137,000 mi engine completely blew, sent a hole through my block onto my exhaust and blowing a tire. then the car caught fire. Probably shot a rod out the side of my engine block.

    Just an FYI

    I did all maintenance myself
  • sad09sad09 Posts: 1
    I have an 04 Stratus and it is making a lot of noise in the has something to do with the back brakes. When i am driving it just rattles which drives me insane. When i press on the brakes, it stops. Could it just be a loose caliper....I haven't taken a look at it yet but I was just wondering if anyone else came across this problem?
  • More than likely it is your rear struts. I had the same problem and had to have both the rear struts replaced. Hope this helps. If you look in your trunk at the place where they are mounted, see if they are straight, if they are turned to the side, or loose that is probably your problem.
    Hope this helps.
  • jcellajcella Posts: 2
    i have the same problem from 0 to 70 no problem slowing down until 30mph it jerks 2times
  • jcellajcella Posts: 2
    I'm having the same problem please help
  • status2status2 Posts: 1
    I have an 2004 stratus and drove it this past Saturday and worked fine. Next day , did not start whatsoever. Tried to jump it, no luck. Read your post and I too have only one key. Had it towed to Pepboys who don't seem to know what the problem is. They are checking the electrical system. Thinking maybe the chip in the key went bad or something. Have no spare. Car does not make a sound when trying to start it. Yet the lights, horn, open/close keyless entry remote works and makes the locking sound. I don;t know what it is. Hopefully nothing major. If anyone knows please help.
  • I have an 02 Dodge Stratus Sedan. Does the back seat fold down?
  • My 18 year old son has a 1997 Dodge Stratus. The car dies on him when he drives through heavy rain or standing water. This has happened to him on the interstate at high dangerous! He is now afraid to drive it when it is raining. Has anyone else had this problem and what can we do about it?
  • I have a 2002 dodge stratus and when I was driving the car start smoking from my vents and it will not accelerate and I smelled buring and when I looked at the carpet the carpet was black. What is the problem?
  • You need to replace your distributor. I had the same issue and that fixed it.
  • Thanks plove234...we'll try replacing the distributor.
  • i have a 95 stratus an the anti theft will not let me start car and i dpont have the keyless entri how do i reset it
  • treidtreid Posts: 1
    I have an 01 stratus R/T 2 door and when it is cold out side u start it up and it makes a weird noise for a little bit but when it warms up it stops what could this be also does anybody know where to get some halo projectors and aftermarket taillights i have looked every where
  • We have a 1999 Stratus with the 2.4L DOHC that when we try and start it but it just blows out the inj., starter, and fuel fuse. My guess is that the starter motor and/or the starter motor is having issues but can there be any other problems that might be causing this?

    Thanks for any help that you can give
  • jan125jan125 Posts: 3
    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.
  • b1234b1234 Posts: 1
    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??
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • Hi everyone,
    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... :confuse:
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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. Doesn’t 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 couldn’t figure out what the problem was. He told us to take it to an electrician. We have and they can’t figure it out. Because the codes only show when the light is on and that isn’t 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.

    :confuse: Any suggestions?
  • 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.
  • Like an idiot, I sold my beloved MB 300TD and bought a 2000 Dodge Stratus from a friend who needed some quick money. I will unload this crummy car ASAP, but there are a couple of things I would like to fix beforehand, if possible.

    Sometimes the horn blows for no reason. I can make it stop by unlocking the tilt wheel and moving the steering wheel up and down (hard!). I have just removed the fuse, so I have no horn. However, the dc charger outlet is on that same fuse, so I can't charge my cell phone and other stuff when I am driving.

    The driver side and passenger side front electric windows are iffy. Sometimes they work perfectly, sometimes they will stop, then roll up or down next time I start it or if I drive for a long time. Sometimes not.

    Any cheap fixes for either of these problems?? I do see that the windows are a fairly common problem with these cars.
    Thank you! :lemon:
  • jshireyjshirey Posts: 1
    edited February 2010
    I have a 1999 Dodge Stratus w/100k miles, a 2.4L engine, and an automatic transmission. Whenever i put the vehicle in drive the engine idles rough and almost stalls; when i shift it back into park or neutral it still runs rough. The check engine light does not come on. any ideas?
    My only car i really need some advice
    Thanks Frank
  • Have a Dodge Stratus 2006. Bought it used.
    Have had it for 6 months. Just recently just started having this problem. Dummy me was trying to start it with a copy key which did not have the transmitter. It would start and shut right off after 3 to 5 seconds!!! It was very frustrating.
    After looking through various forums, I got the codes from the computer which gave me the code of P0513 which means that a key without the theft security chip was used to try to start the vehicle. Bingo!! Tried the original key and no problem running the vehicle. Thankyou Lord God.
    Just wanted to relay this to everyone.
  • Please tell me what parts you had to replace, I am desperate here $1,000 and no money left. Thank You so much
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