Car cranks but wont start


Asked by Jan 02, 2015 at 10:07 AM about the 1997 Dodge Stratus 4 Dr ES Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 97 Dodge stratus i bought
just a few days ago. It was running
just fine no sputtering, hesitation
or warning lights. The only thing
wrong was it would run cold and
only warm up when sitting, I was
told it needed a thermostat. The
car sat over night in 20 deg
weather and now when i start it it
just cranks but wont actually start.
Its not the battery or starter. I put
some gas in it just in case and still
nothing. You can hear the fuel
pump kick on but it will kick on
and off and you can hear a click
each time in the fuse box under the
hood. All fuses are fine, checked
them and non are blown. Replaced  
the relay for the fuel pump as well.
What could be wrong?? Fuel pump
fuel filter? Could the bad
thermostat be to blame? There is
gas in the pressure line thing but
dont know if it's enough. It shoots
out a little gas if you press the
button on the line? Could it be
electrical with the click in the fuse
box? Please someone help me??

7 Answers


Locate your cam position sensor and unplug it. See if engine will start. May need to replace it.

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Nope that made absolutely no difference. Thank you though :)

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Try unplugging the lead to the radiator temp sensor. See if that makes a difference. Then try unplugging your EGR. The radiator temp sensor regulates fuel mixture in accordance with the engine temp. If bad, it may be injecting too much fuel causing a no start condition.

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Elizabeth Rowley-Rivera

Help my car won't start it s a 04 Dodge stratus...I change battery, starter and checked engine plus did a flush for the radiator still nothing

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Elizabeth, when you say it won't start, is the engine turning over and over? Or do you turn the key and get absolutely nothing at all?

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My 2004 dodge stratus is turning over but not starting what can be the problem


Christan_1, It could be that your anti-theft is preventing it from starting, or if no anti-theft, it would most likely be your fuel pump. Remove gas cap. Put your ear to the hole and have someone turn the key to accessory. See if you can hear the fuel pump humming. If no humming, it's a fuel pump issue.

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