Question about Dodge Stratus
I assume you are talking about your engine temperature gauge reading? I had a problem with my 1996 Caravan thermostat (V6 3L). It can get stuck wide open and never allow the engine to operate at the specified temperature. On my vehicle, the thermostat has a metal tab that would prop the valve wide open if it failed. I think the thought of the designer was better to be stuck open than full closed I guess. Anyway, my vehicle temperature would never reach normal range with it stuck open. For my vehicle it is 195 F. This time of year, it would take a very long time before your engine would reach normal running temperature. The interior heater would also take a long time since the engine is also cooler. If your vehicle is newer it can also cause the engine check light to come on because this would affect the emission control systems and keep your engine in a cold engine mode loop... ?· The gauge is working correctly and plugged into the temp sender near the thermostat. ?· You have the correct fluid level (Please be careful checking this) ?· Your heater core and engine radiator not clogged with sediment ?· Flush out your radiator and heater core ?· Replace your engine thermostat with the specified temperature range your vehicle requires (parts store tech can help you obtain the correct one)
Not knowing a lot of details of your situation, I would check:
?· The gauge is working correctly and plugged into the temp sender near the thermostat.
?· You have the correct fluid level (Please be careful checking this)
?· Your heater core and engine radiator not clogged with sediment
?· Flush out your radiator and heater core
?· Replace your engine thermostat with the specified temperature range your vehicle requires (parts store tech can help you obtain the correct one)
Posted on Jan 01, 2011
The thermostat is probably stuck open. To check monitor the temp of your upper and lower rad hoses. If they stay the relative same temp until warm the thermostat is open. One should get very hot and the other should stay cold until the vehicle is up to temp.The thermostat controls coolant flow to the radiator. Watch out for rad fan.
Posted on Jan 01, 2011
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Make sure the raditor is full. Don't just check the overflow tank but pull the cap when the engine is cold and make sure the fluid is to the top. If that is good then check vacuum line that controls the flapper that diverts air from airconditioner to heat. My 1999 Dodge 1500 had this problem and it was a cracked vacuum line.
Posted on Dec 21, 2008
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