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2000 Dodge Stratus Question: engine brain box needs replaced..purchase dealer parts, refurb or junk out car?

 

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SammieR, Niles, MI, July 12, 2012, 06:38
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car has had modules replaced twice..last time by certified mechanic..mechanic advises brain box needs replacing before blows modules again..wondering whether it will be worth the investment of purchasing a new brain box and the labor to install and program or better to say goodbye to the car

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    Greg's Orange Auto (14262 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper July 12, 2012, 06:49
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    THATS YOUR CHICE WHAT IS THE CAR WORTH AND WHAT IS THE REPAIR COST

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    SammieR, July 12, 2012, 07:37
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    rate car condition at fair value ($1300-1600 top) ..part, dealer new brain box $6C +programing & labor

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    globalhelper, July 12, 2012, 10:08
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    off the car unless you can't live without it

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    rmxauto from RMX Automotive, Ltd, July 23, 2012, 11:37
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    If memory serves, the ECM (or "engine brain box") handles all ignition control on your car. There is no separate ignition module on the Stratus. If you already had some sort of "module" replaced twice, the cause is probably
    elsewhere. The main wiring harness to the ECM, the battery cables,
    and the alternator are all good candidates. Corrosion in the plug
    that goes into the ECM is the first thing I would look for. If the ECM
    was replaced twice, and worked for a while each time, oxidation on the pins was probably
    scraped off in the process, then grew back after a while. A loose connection at the battery
    can cause voltage spikes that can fry the computer, or a faulty voltage regulator in the alternator can have a similar effect. Before you scrap it or throw more money at it, get a second opinion. If you are working with an independent shop, try to find another one that has good reviews. If you are working with a big chain auto-repair company, get your car towed to an independent shop ASAP. It's also worthwhile to check with the dealer or with
    the manufacturer for recalls and service bulletins that may shed some light on your problem. And before you spend any more money on "modules", have a look at the fuses. Good luck.

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