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Dodge Stratus Engine Problems



  • sos13sos13 Posts: 1
    edited March 2012
    Will not stay in idle long enough to switch into gear before dying. Used to do this on first start up of day but now doing it even after warmed up.
  • mizjakiomizjakio Posts: 1
    take the front pin out and drop it through the bottom....
  • I have a 1999 Stratus as a standby but lately the engine cuts out without any apparent cause. I've replaced the fuel pump, the computer and a couple of sensors but after I drive it for a half hour, it just stops and I have to wait an hour before it will restart again. It seems like something happens when the motor gets warmed up, but it doesn't overheat, either. A lot of people seem to have this same problem but who has the solution.
  • it might be cam position sensor, had that similar problem on another car and that fix it
  • fuel pump is working, spark plugs are getting fire, and i put #1 piston in tdc and lined up the marks on the cam pulleys, cant figure it out
  • need to check your exhaust converter if it is stopped up it will give that reading on the codes
  • ronsuper1ronsuper1 Posts: 1
    Just replaced timing belt on a 2003 DOHC Sedan, Timing is dead on, have spark and compression but cranks like no spark plugs are in it. How do I find out if this is an interference engine?
  • Next time it happens go put there and take the disturber cap off and blow it with a blow dryer and blow down in the place where the disturber is put it back together and see of it will start. Sorry about the spelling
  • I have same issue with my 99 stratus. Just cuts out like someone shut off fuel no spit or sputter just dead . but it will idle all day long.but when you put in gear and need power it will just shut off.. aAll I did so far was change fuel filter and air filter..

  • oh and few weeks before I had shop put new timming belt on..sorry.. but I can drive then when it does it I sit fore while then it starts back up and I can go..till it does it again..

  • I have a 1996 Dodge Stratus 2.5L V6. I rebuilt the upper end of the engine, and now ever time I start it, it red lines. I have checked TPS, all the sensors are good. It just will not stop red lining? Do you have any ideas of what the problem could be?
  • thecardoc3thecardoc3 Posts: 4,358
    First is it really red-lining (6000+rpm) or is it just running faster than it should be say in the 2000-3000 rpm range? Any large vacuum leak will cause the engine to speed up because it is a speed density (MAP sensor) system. A power brake booster hose if left off could do it, a throttle body not closed such as if there is an issue with the throttle linkage. A problem with the intake gasket that resulted in a large leak could be a play. Basically the engine needs air to speed up, when it runs too fast it is getting air into it that isn't being controlled by the idle air control or the throttle body.
  • Hey kinda new to this but I have a 96 straits with a 2.5 that I had to put a trans in. I get everything all put together and got to start it and it barely runs with what seems to be a multiple misfire. So I did a tune up, cap, rotor, plugs, wires, and still nothing. So I replaced the distributor after noticing some cracking on the internal coil. Runs a little bit better about barely stays running. Any thoughts?
  • And it was running perfect before I replaced the trans
  • I have a 2002 stratus RT. Driving yesterday and suddenly when I come to stop, the engine makes a loud clicking sound. Mechanic put his stethoscope on it and it is definitely coming from the lower engine. Blown rod or pin would be the obvious culprit but the noise goes away or becomes a nearly imperceptible click when I am driving. Would anyone have any ideas as to what it may be. 190,000 miles, nothing but Mobil 1 used since 15,000 miles.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,496
    No "blown rod" is going to go away when you're driving, so that's not it. Any rod bearing that makes noise at idle will be far worse at speed.

    You could have a loose wrist pin. One way to check that is disconnect the spark plug (or short it out) for that cylinder. If the noise immediately doubles in frequency, then it's a wrist pin.

    It could also be "piston slap", which is not necessarily something to worry about on a high mileage engine.

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