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2004 dodge stratus sedan auto trans not shifting

Was driving home and suddenly lost power. Engine reved but tranny would not engage. I could here a high pitched whine from drivers side of the engine compartment. I pulled over and put car in P just fine. then back to D. After a moment the tranny engaged and I maded it a gas station, then lost power again. I stopped and checked the fluid which was full with good red color. Went on another 100 yards to a parking lot, lost power a gain with sound returning and engine light came on. Car now starts fine, High pitched sound and engine light are consistant now. Intermittent shifting occurs in D, 3, and R but takes a few moments to engage. Car then drives fine for a few moments then disengages agian with loss in power. Other cases on the site suggest possible accelerator cable problem but not sure where to start. Please advise.

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You need to get the code that come up with the check engine light it's probably a sensor problem or a shift solenoid in the transmission. You need to take it to a shop and have them check the code to see what comes up they will have to hook up a scan tool to retrieve the code.

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Have your Crankshaft position sensor checked. Or possibly the fuel pump

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    Chances are your engine light is on too. Your actually in 2nd right now, this is called limp mode. It's built into your cars computer to avoid catastrophic failure when a sensor or other issue arrises. You should go imediately to your dealer and have them read the codes and provide you with a proper estimate. My best guess at this time would be a speed sensor.

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It is not an accelerator cable problem, but more likely this is a faulty throttle position sensor, that is the sensor that tells your car computer how you use the accelerator.

When this is bad you get automatic trans problem. Go to a mechanic and have your ECU (car computer ) scanned, and if there is a bad TPS, have it replaced.

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