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2000 dodge stratus wont start when gas tank reaches a quarter tank. I know the gauge works properly so it has 2-3 gallons in it. If you add more gas it cranks. Replaced fuel pump and still same problem. Also large vacuum leak code comes on. Any Suggestions?

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What codes are you getting? It could be the evap system. Have you changed the fuel filter as well?

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  • jpstarwood Mar 22, 2011

    Cant remember exact code number but it said large evap leak. Have checked all hoses when replacing fuel pump and also purchased a new gas cap in case it was worn and throwing the code. Fuel filter has also been replaced. I think it is the evap code could be causing the problem due to the fact the pump was replaced. The problem is i have traced all hoses and cant seem to find anything damaged. Also that is the only code showing. Maybe someone can tell me a particular hose since its saying large and not small. Im stumped. One more thing if you clear the code and fill the tank, the code doesnt pop back up until the fuel is past a half of tank and then when it gets to a quarter, if you shut it off it will not crank until gas is added. However, if you never turned the car off, it would run until it was completely out of gas (thats even more puzzling).

  • Charles Huckeba
    Charles Huckeba Mar 22, 2011

    It may be an issue with the PCM.

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