2001 Dodge Stratus Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2001 Dodge Stratus as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems
The was a recall on some models to inspect the front, lower ball joints and replace any that are damaged.

There have been reports of premature head gasket failure; an updated gasket design is available to correct this problem.

A plugged AC evaporator drain tube can cause a water leak inside the car; usually near the front passenger's feet.

Spark plug tube seals fail, causing the tubes to fill with engine oil and the engine to misfire. As a result, the engine may run poorly and fuel economy can suffer.

The automatic transmission used in these vehicles have had a high failure rate. Failures can be due to internal component or electrical component failure.

"False" trouble codes may cause erroneous illumination of the Check Engine Light. Updating the PCM software can often correct this concern.

Check Engine (MIL) light illumination, along with hard starting or a rough engine idle, can be caused by the EGR valve; a revised EGR valve is available.

One or both windshield washer nozzles may plug or clog. There are revised washer nozzles available which are more resistant to plugging.

For the sedan trim only, Coolant can leak at the coolant bleeder valve and is usually evident because of an orange crust formation on the housing. A revised bleeder and housing is available to correct this problem.

Sedan
If you hear a honk or "fog horn" sound within a few seconds of turning on the air conditioning, that can be fixed by replacing the AC expansion valve. Occasionally vibration from the honking can be felt in the steering wheel and car seats.

Sedan
A click heard when turning the steering wheel may be solved by aligning the steering column or installing revised parts in the column (requires removal of the steering column).

Foam tape placed between the door trim panel and door sheet metal can solve a rattling issue caused by audio output from the door speakers.

If the car will not start, stalls, or hesitates while accelerating, it may be caused by wires in the wiring harness that are broken internally. This is typically found where the wires pass under the distributor.

Oil leaks from the cylinder head cup plugs are common. If the bore is not damaged, there is enough room to install a second plug over the first one. If a second plug has already been installed, the cylinder head should be replaced.