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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
i had the same problem on thursday. luckily for you this is a non-interference engine. they call it. that means the valves revert back to netural positioning when the belt snaps. youre car did the same exact thing as mine. it is a pain in the *** to change though. you gotta take the engine just about halfway out and go up and down, up and down with a jack underneath the oilpan to position it to get to all of the screws and bolts and ****. if you are not mechanically inclined, have a friend do it or pay a shop. the shop will cost you though, im pretty sure a couple weeks pay. i recommend getting rid of your stratus, i use to love them till i had to start working on mine all the time and they are such **** built cars its not funny. i take a door panel off and **** falls apart, its stuff like that that makes me hate mine. hope this helped, have a good day!
Posted on Jan 11, 2009
If it's a chrysler engine the thermostat is located just below radiator cap. If mitsubishi diamond star engine it's located on the cylinder head , beside the air cleaner housing
Posted on May 10, 2009
Did this on my 2002 Stratus 2.4L. I agree with other poster, you do have to remove the passenger tire and wheel wall to do it, but the tensioner travels clockwise.
Note: I offer this solely as a description of how I accomplished the task on my vehicle. It should not be taken as me advising anyone else in any way on how or whether they manage to repair their own vehicles.
1) Engaged parking brake, loosened lugs on passenger front tire.
2) Jacked-up and placed jack-stand.
3) Removed piece of black under-carriage which surrounds the oil filter and attaches to front bumper. There are at least 10 plastic push-pins to remove and I managed to destroy half of them in the process.
4) Positoned belt over lower pulleys and tensioner (as best as possible) then used a bungee to hold the top end of belt up while I worked under the car.
5) Used a 3/8 ratchet and inserted into square hole attached to the tensioner, disengaged the tensioner (moves clockwise) then used a brace to keep the ratchet handle in that position.
6) From top, removed bungee and finished placing belt over alternator, checked the position of entire belt, reengaged the tensioner, and replaced wall and wheel.
Posted on Sep 01, 2009
The thermostat on this car is located on the passenger side lower Engine block. Follow the lower radiator hose and it will lead you right to it. The Wheel and splash guarding need to be removed as well as the Alternator to gain access to the housing bolts. It about a 3 hour job to replace thermostat.
Posted on Mar 12, 2010
For the 2002 Dodge Stratus 3.0L SOHC V6:
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Posted on May 04, 2010
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