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Old 10-02-14, 05:05 PM
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I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

I'm not sure if anyone here will be able to help but I tried Googling the problem to no avail. I was driving earlier today and the blower, power windows and turn signals stopped working but my car was still running fine. When I got home and turned into my driveway, put the car park, then in reverse and then in park again, they all magically started working again. My first thought was that maybe a fuse was going bad but I know next to nothing about cars so I'm not sure. Does anyone here know what the problem may be?

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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

My first thought was the fuse...but usually things don't start working again when a fuse goes.
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

2000: Old car.
Dodge: Old, bad car.
Stratus: Still a Dodge.
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

Easy fix: put the car park, then in reverse and then in park again.
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

That was the first thing I thought of too
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

Maybe the accessory belt idler pulley was stuck or the belt was slipping.
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

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That was the first thing I thought of too
Me also
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

Not all of those items would be on one fuse. The issue is definitely "electrical" related. KDogg's suggestion makes sense.

(Obligatory) If nothing else, pee in the trunk and then sell the car.
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

I suspect a bad ground.
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

Electrical. Probably a bad ground.
Check battery cables. A lot of people dont think that these can get corroded and bad over time and sometimes it's the area we live in. I ran a new ground wire to chassis as well as to electrical bank. Same with 'hot' wire (Red) because they were original and pretty nasty after 15yrs.
Check wire harnesses as best you can that no wires have been chaffed, exposing the actual wire. Sometimes when wires are run under floor door panels they can rub away the sheath.

Check fuses. Make sure they are all set tight. Check relays inside and under the hood.

You could always just take it to a garage that is specific to auto electric.
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

Bad ground, thirded! Either that, or as VHS? suggested, chafing, then shorting.
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

Well, I haven't had a problem since I posted the thread until this morning when I started my car and it started shaking and the check engine light started blinking. Any idea what that could be? I would take to Advance Auto Parts and get it scanned for a code but I really don't want to drive it anywhere with the check engine light blinking because it could cause some expensive damage.
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

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Well, I haven't had a problem since I posted the thread but this morning I started my car and it started shaking and the check engine light started blinking. Any idea what that could be?
Yes, the fact that it's a 15 year old Dodge Stratus.
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

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Well, I haven't had a problem since I posted the thread until this morning when I started my car and it started shaking and the check engine light started blinking. Any idea what that could be? I would take to Advance Auto Parts and get it scanned for a code but I really don't want to drive it anywhere with the check engine light blinking because it could cause some expensive damage.
Did you check the engine?
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

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Yes, the fact that it's a 15 year old Dodge Stratus.
Fair enough.

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Did you check the engine?

I looked at it but I have no idea what I was looking for/at.
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

Originally Posted by PopcornBandit View Post
Well, I haven't had a problem since I posted the thread until this morning when I started my car and it started shaking and the check engine light started blinking. Any idea what that could be? I would take to Advance Auto Parts and get it scanned for a code but I really don't want to drive it anywhere with the check engine light blinking because it could cause some expensive damage.


^ I am pretty sure that is just confirmation you own a dodge

You need to read the codes from the check engine light and then google them to see what they mean. They often times don't tell you exactly what is wrong, but give you a clue of something related to them that has actually failed.

cheap code reader from Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Actron-CP9125-...db+code+reader

or if you have an Autozone store near you, they will let you borrow their code reader for free
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

A common cause of engine shaking like that is a cylinder not firing. Could be due to a bad injector, or no spark due to a bad plug wire, or coil. I'm not sure if the 2000 Stratus has individual coils. Is this a 4 cylinder?

You might also be able to get the code flashed to you, without needing a reader.

Try this: http://dodgeforum.com/forum/general-...d-engines.html

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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

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A common cause of engine shaking like that is a cylinder not firing. Could be due to a bad injector, or no spark due to a bad plug wire, or coil. I'm not sure if the 2000 Stratus has individual coils. Is this a 4 cylinder?

You might also be able to get the code flashed to you, without needing a reader.

Try this: http://dodgeforum.com/forum/general-...d-engines.html
I tried the code flashing thing and it didn't work. I actually do think it is a bad spark plug or ignition coil. Yes, it is a 4 cylinder. Either way, a friend of my uncle who owns a shop is going to tow it there tomorrow morning and check it out for me. He also agreed that it is most likely a spark plug or ignition coil. Fingers crossed it isn't anything too pricey.
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

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Bad ground, thirded! Either that, or as VHS? suggested, chafing, then shorting.
I had that once ... The chafing and the shorting ... My balls itched for a week. Switched to boxer-briefs and that took care of it.
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

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Well, I haven't had a problem since I posted the thread until this morning when I started my car and it started shaking and the check engine light started blinking. Any idea what that could be? I would take to Advance Auto Parts and get it scanned for a code but I really don't want to drive it anywhere with the check engine light blinking because it could cause some expensive damage.
Earthquake?
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I looked at it but I have no idea what I was looking for/at.
Are both of the hamsters still on their wheels? Are either of them dead?
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

All your problems start and end with the fact that you're driving a 2000 Dodge Stratus.
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

Yeah, but he got 14 years out of that Dodge, it must be a good one.
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Re: I have a car related question (2000 Dodge Stratus).

So, just an update (if anyone cares), apparently the valve cover is leaking and oil is getting in so it needs replacing. I plan on getting it fixed on Monday. He said it should be okay until then since he cleaned it out.

But the mechanic now tells me that all four of my struts are bad. I'm pretty sure they've been bad for a couple of years now because my car does tend to squeak and bounce when I go over railroad tracks, potholes, speed bumps, etc. I'm guessing it's safe to drive with bad struts (since I've been doing it for a while) but what is the worst that could happen if I continue to do so? I plan on getting it repaired soon but I just don't have the $600+ to do so at the moment.

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