2001 Dodge Stratus Problems
RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2001 Dodge Stratus based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.
When a no start condition is caused by a faulty camshaft or crankshaft sensor, related fault codes stored in the powertrain control module (PCM) should not be trusted. Our technicians tell us that under certain conditions a fault code can be stored for the "good" sensor. Care should be taken to properly diagnose this condition.
The automatic transmission used in these vehicles have had a high failure rate. Failures can be due to internal component or electrical component failure.
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.
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.
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.
"False" trouble codes may cause erroneous illumination of the Check Engine Light. Updating the PCM software can often correct this concern.
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.
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.
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).