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Most Common Dodge Stratus Problems

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 ...
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 popp...
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1 Known Dodge Stratus Brakes Problem

There was a recall on some models to replace the brake master cylinder due to potential leaks.

3 Known Dodge Stratus Drive Train Problems

The automatic transmission used in these vehicles have had a high failure rate. Failures can be due to internal component or electrical component failure.
4-door sedan 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. T...
Defective speed sensors on the transmission can cause problems with the cruise control and speedometer operation, as well as erratic shifting. The connectors on the sensors can corrode and/or t...

1 Known Dodge Stratus Electrical & Lights Problem

If the needles for the instrument cluster are on the wrong side of the pointer stops, perform a "self test" on the instrument cluster. Press and hold the trip-reset button and then turn the ignitio...

8 Known Dodge Stratus Engine Problems

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 ...
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.
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.

4 Known Dodge Stratus Exhaust & Emissions Problems

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.
"False" trouble codes may cause erroneous illumination of the Check Engine Light. Updating the PCM software can often correct this concern.
If a Check Engine Light illuminates indicating leak detection pump (LDP) failure, the cause is often pinched or disconnected vacuum lines to the pump. Vacuum lines should be inspected before repl...

3 Known Dodge Stratus Heating & Air Conditioning 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.
Some vehicles may develop a musty odor coming from the HVAC system, Dodge has issued a cleaner/disinfectant and a coating for the evaporator designed to inhibit bacterial growth.
Sedan 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 ...

0 Known Dodge Stratus Maintenance Problems

3 Known Dodge Stratus Miscellaneous Problems

A plugged AC evaporator drain tube can cause a water leak inside the car; usually near the front passenger's feet.
One or both windshield washer nozzles may plug or clog. There are revised washer nozzles available which are more resistant to plugging.
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.

3 Known Dodge Stratus Suspension & Steering Problems

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 popp...
SedanA 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).
Sedan 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).

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Known Dodge Stratus Problems & Complaints

The automatic transmission used in these vehicles have had a high failure rate. Failures can be due to internal component or electrical component failure.
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 ...
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.
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 popp...
One or both windshield washer nozzles may plug or clog. There are revised washer nozzles available which are more resistant to plugging.
A plugged AC evaporator drain tube can cause a water leak inside the car; usually near the front passenger's feet.
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.
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 th...
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.
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.
"False" trouble codes may cause erroneous illumination of the Check Engine Light. Updating the PCM software can often correct this concern.
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.
If a Check Engine Light illuminates indicating leak detection pump (LDP) failure, the cause is often pinched or disconnected vacuum lines to the pump. Vacuum lines should be inspected before repl...
Defective speed sensors on the transmission can cause problems with the cruise control and speedometer operation, as well as erratic shifting. The connectors on the sensors can corrode and/or t...
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