Question about 2004 Dodge Stratus
Mt wife's 2004 Stratus recently had the check engine light come one. Since then, it has had trouble shifting to higher gears. It starts and runs fine until it tries to go into 4th gear speeds. It starts jerking after that. However, it does not always do this. Sometimes it runs fine without any jerking. I've only driven it a couple times since then check engine light came on though.
I had the same problem - it was a fuse that controls the speedometer and the shifting solenoid
Posted on Feb 06, 2009
The only way to find out what caused your check engine light to come on is to get a ODB II code reader or take it to a repair shop and let them read the codes that are stored in your cars computer. The check engine light can come on for transmission problems as well as engine problems in newer cars (1996 or newer). From what I read about the three problems that are mentioned above they are not caused by the same issue. (Hate to be the bearer of bad news). For the transmission problem, I would take the car to a repair shop and get the transmission fluid and filter changed as soon as possible. The Throttle Position sensor problem will most likely be fixed by a new throttle position sensor. The battery problem sounds like it could be a short or electrical draw on the electrical system of the car. Be aware, these type of electrical problems are VERY hard to sort out because it could be almost anything. Disconnect the battery and charge it. after you know it is fully charged reconnect the battery, take each fuse out one at a time while having the bright headlights on and see if any fuses being removed cause the lights to be brighter there is a problem with the curcuit that the removed fuse protects. Don't forget, on most new cars, there are also fuses under the hood and under the dash.
I wish all 3 of you much good luck.
Posted on Dec 03, 2008
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