why is my car still shaking and running rough?

20

Asked by Mar 01, 2012 at 05:30 PM about the 2001 Dodge Stratus SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I resently bought the car and the previous owner stated it needed a major tune-up and it would be find. I had the spark plugs, wires, and coil replaced. Also the idle air control and a flex something (for the exhaust). When I'm at a stand still or gear it shakes real bad. I have also noticed a clicking or rattling nosie when I'm driving. I'm not too good with cars and don't know what else could be the problem I was told it could be a few things: vacuum hose, cat convertor, and something else. Help please.

4 Answers

1,025

If its the 2.7 liter V6 it could just be the engine, not a great one unfortunately. Is there an engine light on? If so, taking that to a dealer to get the code checked out, could quickly find and solve the problem. You also could have rusted engine mounts. Before it becomes a money pit, have a reputable dealer or mechanic check it out. A proper diagnostic could cost $100, but it'll save you time and money in the long run. The idle could also be off.

5 of 5 people found this helpful.
20

Thanks but its a 2.4L 4 cyclinder. There are no lights on and to be honest the guy at autozone said one of my motor mounts was bad I was okay for now but would have to replace it. The guy that fixed the flex (exhaust) put it on the machaine and didn't see anything else but I still don't know. I was thinking about taking it to the guy who has a shop that my sister and brother-n-law uses. I also made the mistake of going to purrfect auto (las vegas) and got an oil change I also asked them to see what they thought was wrong. The said cat convertor but I'm afraid to believe them reason when I took my car I only had the shaking and exhaust problem now it runs rougher than it did my oil light flickers on and off when I come to a stop, the engine light was on before I left the shop and then it started smoking and over heated. Come to find out when I got to autozone they didn't put the oil cap back on. Now I get the clicking/rattling noise and the rough ride.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
1,025

Try a reputable Dodge dealer! It's sometimes the LESS costly route. They may have the best answer - and suggestions, and might be able to solve the problems which seem to be keeping a lot of other garages you've visited still guessing. A good diagnostic runs about $100 but you get the answer to your problems. Hope it works good again soon.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

I had the exact same problem... I replaced both 02sensors...and the problem went away... autozone will price match with rockauto... autozone wants $114 plus taxs for both... rockauto wants $51 plus shipping for both... I look up everything before I go to autozone... and I get it the same day 8 times out of 10...

Your Answer

Stratus

Looking for a Used Stratus in your area?

CarGurus has 712 nationwide Stratus listings starting at $2,995.

ZIP:

Dodge Stratus Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,060
  • #2
    Chris Daigle
    Reputation
    650
  • #3
    curry22
    Reputation
    580
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Avenger
136 Great Deals out of 4,477 listings starting at $1,999
Used Chevrolet Impala
515 Great Deals out of 34,016 listings starting at $950
Used Chrysler Sebring
33 Great Deals out of 2,660 listings starting at $999
Used Honda Accord
1,083 Great Deals out of 60,842 listings starting at $1,099
Used Dodge Neon
605 listings starting at $2,995
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,040 Great Deals out of 70,493 listings starting at $2,499
Used Dodge Intrepid
260 listings starting at $2,995
Used Toyota Camry
1,040 Great Deals out of 72,822 listings starting at $295
Used Ford Focus
754 Great Deals out of 52,476 listings starting at $999
Used Honda Civic
787 Great Deals out of 72,331 listings starting at $1,350
Used Ford Mustang
697 Great Deals out of 37,629 listings starting at $895

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.