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2004 Dodge Stratus Question: My car stalls when I stop or slow down to turn.

 

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Just Jen, 3.0L V6, Lawrenceburg, IN, December 28, 2009, 18:26
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My car just started acting up on me today. I admit, I am not very good at knowing when to check stuff out or change stuff. I am clueless. My car runs like a champ when I am going at a steady speed, but when I slow down to stop or turn my car stalls on me. My check engine light is not on, and I am able to restart my car immediately. I noticed that if I put myself in park and hold the gas slightly (rpm's in between 1 and 2) it won't stall on me. My car doesn't shake or make any noise it just dies. Any suggestions on what or where to look for my problems. (The most cost efficient route would be best)

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    Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, December 29, 2009, 15:49
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    The most cost efficient way is to determine the problem before making any repairs. Make sure you can duplicate the problem regularly, then have a shop that is experienced with this vehicle look at it, and take a technician for a test drive if possible to verify the problem. All these things will help to get the problem resolved quickly, but cars are complex and no matter what you do, it can be a process that involves an hour or two of diagnosis time plus the actual repair. An experienced technician who works on this model regularly may know exactly what to do, so find a good, experienced shop!

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    Visitor, June 30, 2010, 23:29

    If you disconnected your battery right before this happened, the computer may need to reset. It should do this automatically, but you have to drive it for a little while to get all of the parameters reset.

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    Visitor, October 19, 2010, 12:13

    ok but what if it does not reset itself? Why is this happening?

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    Visitor, December 15, 2010, 08:50

    My car has been doing this for many months. The engine light is on, but it says my power steering pressure is high. Don't think this causes a car to die. I just pop my clutch (in 2nd gear) and get going again - it's become habit. But when your car dies, you loose power steering and when it re starts, you take off fast. A week ago, I hit a curb while turning and blew out two tires. My husband still has not gotten it fixed!

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    CBRAD01, July 29, 2012, 21:21
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    My 2004 Stratus was doing the same thing. I would slow down or turn and the brake light in the dash would come on. It would stall and just quit running, sometimes I would not even be able to start it, come back a few minutes later and it would start up and run for a week with no issues. I also noticed the fans were not coming on when they should with the air conditioning and thermostat, this was causing the car to run hot and I would have to watch it closely... The problem was the positive battery cables going from the battery to the relay box and battery to the starter were bad. You can test this by reading the voltage from the jump start posts with a volt meter, you will see the voltage fluctuate from 7 - 14 volts. This is causing the relays bounce and the pcm to malfunction... Problem was fixed with $20 dollars worth of cables and a side post terminal that holds two cables, it's not an easy fix if you do it yourself, but you will save a few hundred dollars by spending the time... Hope this helps, everyone always lists the problems, but they never update the solutions! Also, when the problem happens, pop the hood and touch the positive jump start post or the cable attached to it, if it's hot to the touch, this is the problem, should never be HOT!

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    shrekrelly, September 17, 2014, 20:23
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    your awesome ive spent over 3000 on this issue!!!!!

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    CBRAD01 July 29, 2012, 21:25
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    My 2004 Stratus was doing the same thing. I would slow down or turn and the brake light in the dash would come on. It would stall and just quit running, sometimes I would not even be able to start it, come back a few minutes later and it would start up and run for a week with no issues. I also noticed the fans were not coming on when they should with the air conditioning and thermostat, this was causing the car to run hot and I would have to watch it closely... The problem was the positive battery cables going from the battery to the relay box and battery to the starter were bad. You can test this by reading the voltage from the jump start posts with a volt meter, you will see the voltage fluctuate from 7 - 14 volts. This is causing the relays bounce and the pcm to malfunction... Problem was fixed with $20 dollars worth of cables and a side post terminal that holds two cables, it's not an easy fix if you do it yourself, but you will save a few hundred dollars by spending the time... Hope this helps, everyone always lists the problems, but they never update the solutions! Also, when the problem happens, pop the hood and touch the positive jump start post or the cable attached to it, if it's hot to the touch, this is the problem, should never be HOT!

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