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2005 Stratus Sedan dies while driving

While driving my Stratus, I heard the chime that usually precedes the illumination of the engine light. No light appeared and after driving a short distance, the car bogged down and died. When turning the ignition, the car would crank but not start. I noticed that I could not hear the fuel pump turn on as it normally does. I checked all the fuses and even swapped relays but same result. At this point I had the vehicle towed to my home. Once off the truck, I decided to try it again and it started. A little hard at first but once it got fuel it was OK. The car now starts right up, sounds great and you can clearly hear the fuel pump prime when turning the key to the start position. Obviously I'm a little hesitant to drive it because I have no clear reason for the failure. Any suggestions as to the possible cause would be appreciated.

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Most likely the fuel pump. Pumps have many symptoms and this is one. Once the fuel gets warmed up the pump will slow down or just stop. After the fuel cools down, the pump returns to working. Next time it happens use a soft hammer or some like it to hit the bottom of the tank, approximately where the fuel pump is located. This jars the pump and usually it will start back up.. Change the pump.

Posted on Jul 13, 2013

  • D Wood Jul 14, 2013

    How long would it take roughly for everything to cool down? The car had been sitting for 2 hours before the tow and the driver tried to start it before loading it. The tow was about 30 min. The car has been running great so far.

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Have you checked for voltage at the pump yet ?

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