Dodge Stratus Parts And Dodge Stratus Accessories
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There have been a string of problems associated with the Dodge Stratus midsize during its entire production run, but, arguably, the most common involves the ignition. Since first rolling out from the production line in 1995, the Stratus has been plagued with ignition problems, particularly that of the engine starting roughly or refusing to start at all. And if not addressed immediately, these can result in dangerous situations while on the road. Here is a breakdown of the common ignition-related issues of the Stratus over the years, and how you can address them:
There have been many complaints by Stratus owners who suddenly find their car struggling to start. In extreme cases, the ignition fuse may even burn out in an attempt to keep the engine running. These rough ignition problems can be due to a variety of factors, although the most common are that of a faulty camshaft or crankshaft sensor. Failure of these sensors can cause the ignition system to go out of sync with the rest of the engine\'s combustion cycle, resulting in a rough start. Replacement of any faulty sensors is a must, and it is also recommended to have the engine camshaft and crankshaft inspected as well to ensure that these parts are still in working condition.
The powertrain control module (PCM) of the Stratus has been known to issue an incorrect fault code in the event of a crankshaft or camshaft sensor failure. The reverse is also true; Stratus PCMs have also been reported to issue fault codes for working sensors. Because of this, it is strongly advised to take extra care when diagnosing this error.
Engine misfiring is another frequent issue with the Stratus, especially with the early model years. This is due to contamination of the spark plug tube seals with engine oil. Oil can soak through the seals, compromising the plugs and causing them to misfire. If not fixed immediately, this can lead to damage of the plugs as well as reduced engine performance and poor economy.
Replacing the tainted spark plug seals should be enough to fix the misfire, but if the contamination is mild you can try cleaning the seals first. Clean the spark plugs as well with penetrating oil and wipe dry. If the plugs still do not work after being cleaned, replace them.
If the spark plug seal keeps getting soaked with oil, there might be a leak somewhere along the cylinders or the engine block in general. Check the oil levels to see if they are within optimum levels and inspect the engine itself for any signs of oil leaks.
The Stratus can also experience hard starting as well as rough idling operation due to a broken EGR valve. This problem is usually preceded by the check engine light illuminating. Replacing the valve should resolve this issue, but if the check engine light continues to light up, this may indicate further problems with the engine computer that must be addressed.