hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,810 miles

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2004 Dodge Stratus steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 182011


  • 118,127 miles


I was driving home and felt a miss in the engine, placed in neutral to see if it was just a bump or imagination. I watched the engine rpms drop to zero. Somehow the vehicle started back up and I was able to stop in time only to have to throw it in neutral again and drive two footed all the way home because the engine was trying to die. So, I drove my truck to work for the next week and then Saturday came around and I fired the car up nothing appeared or sounded unusual. I let it idle for about 5 min. Backed up and out of the drive way and at the second stop sign I hung a right and heard a "pop" noise followed by a card in bike spoke sound from the engine, I opened the hood, again no damage....the valve cover closest to the front of the vehicle had 2 cracks in it! it was oozing out oil. So as it turns out though I got really lucky, I bent 2 valves on #3 piston, also did compression leak down test on all other cylinders they were fine. (if your chain snapped it is a very easy and fast test to determine if your motor is junk or not and should not cost you much at all) dealerships wanted over 6K for long block, the car isn't worth that much! auto parts stores wanted over 400 bucks for timing set only. I found the timing chain set, oil pump, and water pump on line for half the cost of the timing chain set alone. Good brand names too! upon removing the timing cover and heads from the engine I found the cause of the problem, the water pump bearings seized, and because that water pump is driven by the large timing chain it was the cause of the chain snapping and almost ruining my entire engine.

- Tacoma , WA, USA

problem #3

Feb 012010


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Stratus. The contact stated that the steering wheel became loose around the instrument panel. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic, who advised the contact of a recall that was not related to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 90,000.

- Bossier City, LA, USA

problem #2

Feb 072007

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,111 miles
- the contact stated that while backing her 2004 Dodge Stratus (115111 failure mileage) at 1 mph into a parking, she heard a clicking in the steering column and airbag light deployed. The contact continued to drive the vehicle and now the horn is inoperable. She stated that the clock spring broke.

- Ft. Wayne, IN, USA

problem #1

Jun 012006

Stratus 6-cyl

  • miles
2004 Stratus made a whistling noise that came from the engine when driving 70-80 mph. The consumer stated it sounded as if the front of the vehicle was going to fall apart. The consumer thinks something is loose or broke in the front of the vehicle. He thinks it may be the steering, transmission or the rack and pinion.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

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