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We own a 1996 Dodge Stratus and the check engine light is coming on. After changing all the spark plugs the light went out. The next day the light comes back on. While driving on the freeway the speedometer went down to 0 and when I gave the gas peddle gas the engine ribbed up while it was slowing down. (as if it was in neutral). Pulled over turned engine off. Waited about 1 hr turned the ignition key and it started up and the light was back on again. When in idle it shakes and there is times it asks like it jerks.

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  • Shirley Mata Sep 23, 2009

    I need to correct above to a 2006 Dodge Stratus. The car is in the shop and they done a compression test - 3 cylinder valves are 160 lbs., number 4 is showing 60 lbs. Car has less than 99,000 miles. Also has an exhaust leak they are reparing.

    When the mechanic put the car up on the lift the check engine light was off. When he was looking at the exhaust leak it started miss firing and when they brought the lift down the check engine light was back on.

    They have flushed injectors & valves. What else can be done so the check engine light will go off?



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The only way to tell why the check engine light is on is to have the engine codes read with a scanner. This will pinpoint exact problem location. It will also have to be shut off and reset with this scanner. Many part stores will do it for free.

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    Nate Stansfield Sep 24, 2009

    The light will only come on if their is a bad sensor or circuit.

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Sep 24, 2009

    You can test your sensors with an ohmmeter. if you get an infinity or high reading, then your good,



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