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2004 Dodge Stratus automatic has trouble shifting gears

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.

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  • Anonymous Nov 20, 2008

    I took my battery out of my 2004 dodge coupe and I have been having trouble ever since. First a constantly drained battery, got that replaced drove great, The guy who reattached the battery said that when he attached the new battery there could have been a problem with the starter because it seemed as though the battery was immediately drained some. After that no telling because now my engine light is on. It Drove great right after the new battery, but then after a week started driving funny and draggin again and now my engine light is on, and the car is driving at a snails place

  • good_four_us Nov 24, 2008

    My wife's 2005 Stratus check engine light also comes on every so often. I took it to a local parts store for a free diagnostic check and found it to be the THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR. I am trying to find a reasonable price for the part to give it a try. I have also spoke to local mechanics who also confirmed the diagnostic.

  • rochamiray Jan 21, 2009

    Some times it shift's and some time it do's not check engine light alway's on have reset stay's off for two or three day's.

  • killerlink24 Jan 22, 2009

    Exact same problem, 2004 Dodge Stratus will not go into 4th gear and will stall if I try too. Need to know what the problem is!

  • Charles Conroy
    Charles Conroy Jul 03, 2013

    I put a 2004 engine in my 2002 dodge stratus replaced all scensors wiyh 2002 scensors. Car will turn over but not start.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    transmission comes out of gear and engine revs real high then it falls back into gear and **** s


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I had the same problem - it was a fuse that controls the speedometer and the shifting solenoid

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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.

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