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2006 Dodge Stratus Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2006 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.

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Known Problems

If the Heating A/C fan only works in certain positions ie. 3&4 but not 1 or 2. You most likely need a new blower motor resistor.

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

Most commonly, drivers find that a clunking sound occurs when passing over bumps, and popping noises may be heard while turning the steering wheel. 

Aside from these noises, the vehicle may pull to one side while driving, and the tires may wear excessively on the inside edge. 

The worn out ball joints must be replaced to prevent risk of separation of the spindle and hub assembly from the lower control arm, a dangerous scenario at any speed. 

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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A gear whine or whistling type noise heard when accelerating or coasting between approximately 65mph and 85mph may actually be caused by an improperly seated steering column boot. The steering column boot seals the steering shaft as it passes through the firewall.

An engine Oil leak may develop at the cam sensor o-ring seal. Our technicians tell us this is often misdiagnosed as an external head gasket leak.

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.

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.