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I have two questions...I have a 2001 dodge stratus es and it make a screeching noise when turning the wheel. what could that be and also just had the oil changed and the oil light keeps flashing when I am stopped is there a code to fix that. i don't have an owners manual so i couldn't look it up myself.

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  • msjones0228 Mar 14, 2011

    ok and one last question i think. my keyless entry remote only works while the key is in the ignition in the on position. What can i do if anything about that? Oh and my lock on the door won't lock or unlock my doors...

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If the screeching sounds high pitched it could be a serpentine belt which would indicate it needs replacement.
If it's lower pitched the power steering pump could be low on fluid which will lead to replacing the pump if left long enough. To check the fluid look in the operator's manual and search for power steering to locate the reservoir and to determine which fluid to use. If you cannot find that search around under the hood for something indicating the power steering reservoir. If it is completely out of fluid you may have to remove air from the system by disconnecting the return hose and extending it with a clear hose which drains into a nearby container. Start the engine and begin filling the reservoir, turning the steering wheel side to side until no bubbles are seen in the hose. Stop the engine and replace the return hose.

I would recommend a mechanic or friend to help you in either case.

The flashing oil light means oil pressure is low. Check the oil level and add more if it's low. If that doesn't resolve the problem have a mechanic check it out.

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  • msjones0228 Mar 14, 2011

    I just had the oil changed and the oil level is where it needs to be so that is why i'm confused.

  • s_nexus Mar 14, 2011

    I strongly suggest you take the car to a mechanic to troubleshoot the oil pressure light. Oil pressure problems can range from low oil or a sensitive gauge to something more severe like a worn oil pump or internals of the engine itself such as lifter bores, camshaft journals, cam bearings, play in the cam, etc. In other words it will be extremely difficult to diagnose this unless a mechanic or a friend with strong aptitude in the internal workings of engines has a look at it.

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