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Dodge Stratus Failure in Spark Plug Tube Seals May Cause Misfire and Poor Fuel Economy

Dodge Stratus Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Engines Affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L V6, 4 Cylinder

Average Mileage: 134,639 mi (14,000 mi - 203,723 mi)


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.

  • , , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 166,600 mi

    i have oil in the place where my spark plugs go what can i do?

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  • , , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 95,000 mi

    found the same when changing my plug and wires from ruff idling at stops.

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    oil was on the bottom of my plugs...Auto zone has them cheap if you get the valve cover gasket kit it all comes together as one!!

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  • , , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 183,987 mi

    Have encountered MULTIPLE problems. Have replaced ignition coil module twice, EGR, MAP sensor, camshaft sensor, valve cover gaskets, oil cap, gas cap, fuel pump and filter, dashboard "motherboard" (to correct problem with losing digital readout and tach resulting from Dodge's not soldering two resistors correctly), spark plug wires, vacuum lines, heater and antifreeze hoses, spark plugs... (Do NOT use plugs other than those specified by affects the ignition coil)!!! I am still encountering more related to starting despite no check engine light and the vehicle passing emissions. It's not wanting to start immediately, but requires several attempts to do so. Frustrating!!!

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  • , , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 178,000 mi

    Oil in #2 and #3 spark plug tube.

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  • , , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 127,000 mi


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  • , , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 74,000 mi

    Noticed oil in plug tube four. Rough idle now.

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  • , , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 116,599 mi

    I have changed my spark plugs and when i was doing this noticed oil in my 1st and 3rd cylinder now they are filled agian and the original stalling out and misfiring has been going on from day one cuasing my exhuast to explode continuosly i dont recommend these vehicles to anyones becuase i have replaced everything but the engine transmission and alternator and still have issues so i am not happy ive only owned it a year

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  • , , 2.5L V6, 100,000 mi

    Spark plug tube seals failed (rock hard) covering plugs with oil. Fixed by replacing spark plug tube seals.

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  • , , 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 120,000 mi

    Idle is jumpy an oil all over spark plugs I bought it used I got screwed

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