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Chrysler Stratus/Cirrus 2.5 check engine flash every two minutes


I have a 97 Chrysler Stratus(Cirrus in the US. I'm from Holland. Nice car, but an unusual error since yesterday. Every two minutes while I'm driving the check engine light flashes one time for half a second along with the cruise light. Also the engine gives a huble at the same time. Then it's al fine, for two minutes and it happens again and again. The first time when driving away the locks also lock along with the event described above. I checked the codes and get 12,51 and 55.

Anybody got a clue what to do?

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  • Gandert Nov 11, 2008

    Tanny slipping? What could I do to verify this? I should check oil level first I think. What botheres me is that it happenes exacly every two minutes, you can set your want on it.

  • Gandert Nov 11, 2008

    Checked fluid, it's red and smells not burned. Level's ok too. I checked the code 51 and it means an oxigen sensor indicated at one time or more fuel mixture is lean. Could it have to to with the injectors?

  • Gandert Apr 04, 2013

    Yes I did, disconnecting the + side of the battery for 15 minutes or so did the job. I wouldn't know if it's a permanent fix since I sold the car not long after that. Good Luck

  • gary crosswell Apr 04, 2013

    Thanks very much for your prompt reply on this very old post - I will be trying that solution tomorrow then ! Lets hope its that simple - wouldn't mind getting the old girl past 200k ! Cheers

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Hi, I know this post is years old - but did you ever get a fix for this problem ? I have an absolutely identical problem on my 97 voyager. Don't thiink it the trannny tho as it does it when idling in park. Any info appreciated - cheers

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With the engine lt coming on with the cruise light it appears to be a trans problem like it is slipping

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  • james lee Nov 11, 2008

    is the fluid brown or a burn't smell to it?

  • james lee Nov 11, 2008

    running lean means not getting enough fuel , could be a emission problem



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