The fix is replacement of motor!! I have the same problem and have already paid $700 in repairs to fix seal just to find out that the seal is being knocked out by loose crank shaft..Car had 60000 miles when I bought it 4 months ago, from a dealership, and now it needs a motor replacement..I stiil owe $5000 on a car that is worth $0..Dodge did not give the 100000 mile warranty they love to advertise on TV for the '06 Stratus..They only gave 36000 warranty because they did not think it would last much longer..Will never buy Chrysler product again!! They do not stand behind what they sell or they would have 100000 mile warranty on all their cars..
Having same problem with my 99 Stratus 2.4L and after lots of research, it appears to be crankshaft end play that pushes the seal out causing it to leak. And by the sound of it, if the crankshaft has play in it, then it's likely damaged other engine parts connected to it. Meaning rods etc... etc... Change the engine or get rid of it like I am !
Buy a new car and NEVER buy a Dodge Stratus again. Around 30,000 miles, you WILL have this problem. We already paid this car off and 3 months later, this happens. It will cost 4700 dollars for a used engine, but it will just happen again anyway...
Get a new car before this happens to your car and makes for 06 Stratus worthless!
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The biggest problem you can have would include venting. If your engine, or transmission vents are plugged you can blow seals which will cause major oil leaks and repair bills.
OEM Recommended fluid levels can be found in your owners manual.
First check the compression on the cylinders. If they are low then the rings are bad. This will cause major oil leaks all over the engine. The only other thing would be that the main bearings are bad. to much slop and blowing the seal.
The Chrysler minivan products all had leaking problems. I have had 5 or 6 different Dodge or Plymouth minivans from 88 to 99. How bad is it. The most common thing is Valve cover leaks. Front and rear seals in the engine leak as well as the oil pan gasket. If its leaking a little bit at a time open the hood and look at the front and rear of the engine. Do you see grease and oil that has gone down the sides of the engine? Do you see a lot of grease on the engine with some clean streaks going through it. You may be able to see where its leaking from. If you know someone that knows what their doing have them change the leaky gasket/s. If not you can probably have it repaired for less than buying another van unless other things are seriously wrong with the van.
Hope this helps... Dale
Hello Chrslarter, If it's the rear CRANK, you are going to have to remove the transmission. This is a fairly signifigant amount of work, and there are a few other things you will want to do while you are in there (fly wheel check, etc.) If it's the front, you will probably have to loosen a motor mount and go in from the side. Replace the timing belt and tensor while you are in there, check the water pump too. Check to ensure your oil filter is properly installed.
If you literally have oil blowing from your crankshaft (bottom of the engine) This is a serious problem that you need to address immediately, the odds of this catastrophic of a failure happening on a 6 year old car are fairly slim though. Lots of times a failed oil pan gasket or valve cover gasket leak will seep to a lower location and the oil will drip from there and get blown around by the fan.
Turn off the car, wipe down the engine and put some talcum powder
around the front and sides anywhere you see mating surfaces. Start the car and let it run a bit. Where
is the talcum getting contaminated first? that's your problem place.
If it is coming from the back of the engine at the top, it may just be the valve cover gasket. This is a fairly quick job
If it is coming from the bottom, it may be your oil pan gasket, this is a longer job, but fairly simple.
If you want to do it yourself, get the haynes manual
A reputable shop should be able to help out in short order and for not much cost. (2-3 hours labor for the simple items (valve cover, oil pan), 3-4 for the big stuff (timing/front seal, rear main seal)
I have a 2005 dodge 3500 and i can see smoke sometimes when im driving and when i open my hood and open my oil cap while my truck is still running smoke comes out along with a little bit of oil... Do I need to change my pistons rings? What else could cause this problem...?
Your filter was installed either without the rubber seal, or the seal wasn't lubed before installation and it slipped, causing an improper seal. You will have to drain the oil again, remove the filter, and make sure it is reinstalled with a proper seal.