2005 Dodge Stratus stalls while driving.

Asked by Apr 29, 2015 at 12:46 PM about the 2005 Dodge Stratus R/T Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My Stratus has 271,*** miles on it. It's
apparent I've taken care of it for the past 5
years to have so many miles on it. Now, all
of a sudden, it dies...
Initially I was told to change the fuel pump,
which I did, I replaced the whole system. I
started it up a few hours later & drove it to
the shop.
Week later, engine stalls. I had to jump it to
get it started and drove it to the shop.
Threw a code & I needed to replace my cam
shaft sensor. Done.
Week later, engine dies again. No jumping
allowed at this point, had to have it towed.  
Broke my timing belt. Replaced. (Not the
whole kit since I had just done that 60k
miles prior.) Did not bend any valves, thank
goodness.
Week later, yet again, my engine stalled
while driving. Added fuel even though the
gauge said I had half a tank (I'm starting to
doubt my fuel pump at this point.) I couldn't
jump it and it wouldn't start. Had it towed to
the shop where it sat for 2 weeks before
work could be done on it. Mechanic stated
they jumped it & it ran for over an hour
sitting in the shop and it didn't throw a
code, so they're unsure of what could be
wrong with it.
I'm looking for any available information
that may help me get my car back on the
road without leaving me on the side of it.

2 Answers

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Hard to say, maybe you need another mechanic? Sounds like you have had different issues causing your stalling. But at 275K miles, did they perform a leakdown test and or cylinder pressure test yet?

I've taken it to two different shops, the first referred me to the second. Neither will look in depth at my car since the check engine light is not on (I'm charged 32.50 to run the scanner alone). I've also replaced the spark plugs and a balancer belt when I replaced the timing belt. The cylinder pressure test was done after I broke the timing belt to check for bent valves & apparently came back fine. I'm not so sure I needed the fuel pump replaced in the first place to be honest. It's guesswork at the point, something they don't want to do so that I'm not overcharged all the time.

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