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SXT VIBRATION NOISE

2004 Dodge Stratus • 153,000 miles

I have an '04 Dodge Stratus SXT, 4 cyl, 2.4L, SOHC. When coming to a stop, there seems to be a bit of a vibration coming from the engine compartment. This only happens when you are almost at a stop and usually terminates within 2 to 3 seconds of being stopped, but sometimes will last until back in motion. I have tried shifting into neutral while slowing down (it's an automatic transmission) and this seems to correct the problem. There doesn't seem to be any mechanical problem other than the noise. Any ideas what this could be?
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Rswain
April 25, 2012.



Maybe some thing is loose? If you put it in park it quits?

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Fixitmr
Apr 25, 2012.
Correct, it only does this when in drive and for the first 2 to 3 seconds of coming to a stop. I would think if something was loose it would rattle more at higher RPMs.

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Rswain
Apr 25, 2012.
Do you think engine is NOT running smoothly when this happens?

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Fixitmr
Apr 25, 2012.
Engine is running well. I hace personally kept up wiyh all maintenance. I'm starting to believe it is related to my brake system. It seems most related to this and is almost a grinding noise and vibration. Possibly the rear drum brakes or master cylinder? Thr car has good stopping power that doesnt seem affected at all by this problem.

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Rswain
Apr 25, 2012.
The fact that it only occurs when in drive makes me think it has to do with the torque converter?

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Rswain
Apr 25, 2012.
Hard to say from here. Maybe local mechanic can drive and diagnos?

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Fixitmr
Apr 26, 2012.
Sounds to me like the balance shaft belt and if it is the car needs immediate attention as the balance shaft belt is behind the timing belt and that is an interference engine

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Mikederouin88
Apr 26, 2012.