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DODGE STRATUS ENGINE PROBLEM

2002 Dodge Stratus • 89,000 miles

What could a rattling/grinding noise be under the hood when I start thr car it will go away for a minute then comes back?
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Guest
January 18, 2013.



It could be any of the belt driven accessories including a water pump.

What you may be hearing is the timing chain rattling against the block. On high-mileage Stratus's upon initial start-up they will rattle for a few moments and then the noise goes away. If you have the 2.7 make sure you change the oil promptly or you will have major engine damage due to sludge build-up. Google this engine, you won't like what you hear.

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Douglasdixon
Jan 27, 2013.