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My Dodge stratus acts like it is out of gas

It has been towed to a shopr 4 times in 60 days for this same problem. I had the fuel filter replaced. Sometimes it runs great, other times it cranks but won't start. Acts like it is getting no gas. Any ideas

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    Izek Shteinberg Apr 25, 2015

    While you at (do what other guys say) check maf or map senso. Need to check for a code, sometimes the car give out trouble codes without the engine light on. Check distributor or if it's electronic ignition, then check the ignition coil.



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Hi Judy, I'm AL the owner of Big As Auto Repair

Judy, I'm not sure which engine you have, but if you have the 2.5 liter engine. Then change the complete distributor. However, if you have some other engine, then I need to know what all the repair shop has done before answering this question. Because, there are a lot of things that can cause this type of issue. Go to my auto repair website and let me know what engine you have. Go to website here:

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change fuel filter.check fuel pressure.

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hook up a gas pressure gauge to the schrader valve. should be 50-60psi. If it doesnt have any, check relays, fuses. When you replaced the fuel pump you should have checked for 12V to the pump to confirm it was bad. I am assuming you did this. If not its worth checking again. If you dont have 12v its probably a fuse, relay, or wiring problem. Possibly bad ground?

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