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2002 dodge stratus will not start

Driving down the freeway and the motor just died. I have check for spark and gas. Both work fine but do not understand why it will not start.

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  • jasonmgaines Jan 05, 2009

    The car died while driving down the Interstate immediately following the check engine light illuminating. I replaced the fuel pump but it still will not start. I am getting spark and fuel to the injector rail but the car simply turns over but no start…not even hitting on any cylinder. What could be the cause of this?

  • normcc71 Jan 22, 2009

    Thanks, it was the timing belt. Now that I have gotten to the timing belt I would like to also replace the water pump. Any suggestions on taking off the camshaft pulleys. The clearance sucks and trying to figure out something to hold the pulley while loosening the bolt.


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I had the same problem on thursday. luckily for you this is a non-interference engine. they call it. that means the valves revert back to netural positioning when the belt snaps. youre car did the same exact thing as mine. it is a pain in the *** to change though. you gotta take the engine just about halfway out and go up and down, up and down with a jack underneath the oilpan to position it to get to all of the screws and bolts and ****. if you are not mechanically inclined, have a friend do it or pay a shop. the shop will cost you though, im pretty sure a couple weeks pay. i recommend getting rid of your stratus, i use to love them till i had to start working on mine all the time and they are such **** built cars its not funny. i take a door panel off and **** falls apart, its stuff like that that makes me hate mine. hope this helped, have a good day!

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Possibly your timing belt snapped, well i hope not because that engine is high risk (interference engine) they call it. may be your shutdown relay kicked in ..please..check your oil and make sure that it is level,also try removing your shutdown relay for 5 minutes and then plug it back in and try to start it ,providing that its not your timing belt because trying to start that car when the timing belt is broken is very very bad ,you could crush valves

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