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Dodge Stratus Has A No Start Problem

Q. Hi Vince, My 1998 Dodge Stratus with a 2.4 liter has a no start problem. It ran fine when I parked it in my garage last night and this morning it cranks and no start. No check engine light on. I pulled a plug wire it has spark. I popped the fuel line off the rail and it doesn't leak fuel with key on or when cranking.

Dodge Stratus Has A No Start Problem

I live where temperatures are dipping back and forth between freezing. My son said he had hit a large puddle of water. Could it be fuel line freeze up? I don't hear any fuel pump noise when the key is turned on. I can't recall if the pump ever made any noise.

I checked the pump relay and switched it with another in the distribution box that had the same part number. Does that fuel line have a safety valve that shuts it when disconnected? It's has 240,000 kilometers. It had a timing belt and head gasket at about 100,000 kilometers. Please help. Maybe the timing belt again?

By the way the Mopar 2.4 liter is not a valve interference engine from the material I had gotten from a Mopar training depot some time ago. I had lost my belt due to a faulty idler pulley some time ago and there was no valve piston contact.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


It could be a frozen fuel line. One way you can kind of confirm this is to spray some carburetor cleaner into the intake manifold. If it starts and runs as long as the carburetor cleaner lasts, then you know it's fuel related.

You have the car inside the garage with an electric heater Place the heater on the side the fuel lines are on for the best effect. Not too close, you don't want to melt the paint and observe the proper cautions when using the heater. You don't have to get it real warm, just above freezing for, say, overnight. That should defrost the lines and allow the engine to start.

If this fails to get it started, you need to check for power at the fuel pump with the key in the START position. If you have power there, and the ground is good, you have a bad fuel pump.

According to my information from Both Gates and Chrysler, not ALL 2.4 liter engines are interference engines. Chrysler vehicles with the 2.4 liter DOHC Mitsubishi VIN code "B", are interference engines. All the other 2.4 liter SOHC engines, VIN code "X", are non-interference.

Most Plymouth Voyager, Dodge Caravan and other small trucks use the 2.4 liter DOHC Mitsubishi engines.

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