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Dodge Stratus Maintenance and Repair



  • i have a 1997 dodge stratus and it has just started getting this annoying problem. When i drive somewhere and everytime i make a stop once my mph gets around 30 the car seems to jerk. it only happens when i break to that speed and when i accelerate it shifts gears perfectly. so i am not quite sure what the problem could be... if anyone could help i would greatly appreciate it. thx- john
  • '04 Strat - 2.4 DOHC - approx 124k.

    Water pump started puking water everywhere, so figured while we were replacing that might as well change the timing belt, etc. Got everything off ok, with a little elbow grease. Have new belt on, but can't get marks to line up. Got advice from a Master Mechanic to put belt on right side while tick marks are lined up, then clamp belt to upper gears so they won't slip while putting other things in line and taking slack out of belt.

    Problem is, we have another 'somewhat back-yard' mechanic telling us our cams are out of synch with the crank. Zero clearance motor, so no room for error.....

    Any thoughts or tips on getting this right?
  • I have a 2003 Dodge Stratus SXT. About a month ago I noticed the heater was blowing cold. I had been meaning to flush/fill the radiator for awhile, so I did that and the heat began working again.

    About two weeks later, I noticed the heat stopped working again. I added more coolant to the system, and it began working again. Now I seem to be stuck in this pattern. Heat not working/add coolant/heat working again.

    There are no noticeable leaks ANYWHERE, and I have replaced the radiator cap as well. No boiling sounds or other problems whatsoever.

    Anybody have any idea what's going on? My mechanic suggests a pressure test. But I just don't know.

    Thanks in advance.
  • david272014david272014 Central AlabamaPosts: 4
    ! have a 2004 Dodge Stratus. It has the 2.4L engine and automatic transmission. Motor runs perfect. only problem is i think that the front passsenger shock needs to be replaced,but car isnt sagging.Also,it pops on that tire all time especially when i hit a bump big or small.Also i can hear a whining sound when i accelarate and it backs off noticeably when i take foot off gas.It is only coming from pass side.Front end shakes pretty bad when i reach 50-55 mph. please i need advice
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