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I have a 2001 dodge stratus. I accelerated to going uphill an there was an extremely load pop that seemed to come from underneath the front end of my car and immediately afterwards my car runs really loud, sounds like there isn't a muffler. I'm sorry I don't know much about cars so it's hard to describe...any ideas? The cars is old and has a lot of miles but it's my only transportation for work.

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The same problem happened to me all the time back in the day. There is a pipe that runs from the exhaust manifold on the engine down underneath the car, through the catalytic converter, then muffler, then tailpipe. That pipe is welded/bolted together in sections normally, and yours has become separated at one of these joints. If you can jack the car up, follow the pipe from the muffler/catalytic converter forward until just before it curves up toward the engine, this is the spot where this most likely happened. Once you find it, it will jump out at you, there will literally be two pipes touching, one inside the other slightly, but not fully attached anymore. Then go get some exhaust & muffler patch/wrap from an auto parts store, and you will be good to go!

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Well its paid for-new ones too xpensiv w payments--------probly need a new muffler or a repair----a part store has ahaynes manual that xplains manintenance n rebuild of the stratus or getit to a shop

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  1. Consider the complexity of your car before beginning and take your car to a trusted repair shop. Modern cars (mid-nineties or later) are extremely computer controlled, and it will be difficult for you to make any adjustments. You will want to take it into the shop to address this problem.
  2. The stall is likely caused by either a problem in the electrical system or in the fuel system. Your engine stops running because it is not igniting gas in the cylinders, this occurs either because there isn't gas to ignite, or because it lacks the electrical charge to ignite it.
  3. Drive the car up and down steep hills. Does this change the performance of the engine, or cause it to stall? This might indicate a clogged fuel filter. Replacing the fuel filter is relatively cheap and easy once you find out where it's located.
  4. Does the car idle roughly and stall when at idle? If your car has a distributor, you may need to adjust the timing. With the right tools and know how, this is an easy and free task. If your vehicle has fuel injection, you can check the injector by using a screw driver or mechanics scope. The injectors will make a clicking/snapping sound if working. No sound would indicate a bad injector available at most DIY auto parts stores. Also check the ICM, idle control motor that controls the air mixture.
  5. If your car has a distributor, you might consider changing the cap, rotor, wires and plugs. This is effectively a tune up. This can usually be done even by a relative novice to car repair, and take a couple of hours with the right tools. It seems counterintuitive, but even the wires and distributor decay over time, and transmit less electricity. This tune up may solve your stalling problem -- even if not, your car should run better and get better mileage.
  6. If your car diesels when you turn off the ignition, it often signals the need to replace the spark plugs. Dieseling describes the situation where you turn off the key, yet the car continues to run for a few seconds or longer, eventually sputtering to a stop.
  7. In rare cases, your car may stall due to what is commonly called a "vapor lock". It is actually a vacuum in the fuel line that causes fuel to eventually stop reaching the engine. Try opening your gas cap. If you hear a "whooshing" sound, like when you open a can of coffee, it's vapor lock. Now try starting the car. It should work after a couple tries. This is usually found only in older cars. If you have it, this will probably happen again, so your fuel line should be checked for blockage. A cheap fix is to drill a small hole in your gas cap to allow air in and prevent the vacuum from forming, but it should not be left this way.

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I would check the lower control arm bushings and sway bar bushings for the squeak,and the shaken when breaking means you have warped rotors,if it shakes in the steering wheel its the frt,if the whole car shakes then it usaaly means it is in the rear rotorsor drums.

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