2003 Dodge Stratus It won't restart hot.

Tiny
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  • 2003 DODGE STRATUS
  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 180,000 MILES
I have a 03 dodge stratus sxt coupe. This problem just shot up out of nowhere! My car won't restart after I've driven it and gotten it warm. It starts completely fine when it's cold and it even runs great when it starts. It doesn't miss or anything. For example, one morning I made a run to the grocery store (which is about 5 min away) I went inside just to grab a couple of things (I was in there for 5 min tops) and I came back out and it didn't want to start! After about one hour of letting it cool down, it started up fine and ran fantastic. This Is a very annoying problem. I'm desperate for answers! Help please!
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Friday, January 31st, 2014 AT 7:12 AM

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Tiny
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Would it spin over but not fire off?
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Friday, January 31st, 2014 AT 7:23 AM
Tiny
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Yes, it turns over and sounds like it wants to start but it won't. I replaced the coil pack and that didn't fix the problem.
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Friday, January 31st, 2014 AT 11:50 AM
Tiny
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One thing I would suggest checking is the crank or cam sensor. Sometimes those sensors stop receiving signal or picking up any signal when they are warmed up. If you have access to a scan tool check for engine rpm signal or cam signal in the data display. Checking it while cranking once you have a no start problem.
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Friday, January 31st, 2014 AT 3:53 PM
Tiny
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I will try that. My neighbor has one of those scanners. If that isn't the problem, what else would you recommend?
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Saturday, February 1st, 2014 AT 5:57 PM
Tiny
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I read that it could be a clogged fuel filter? Would this cause it not to start while hot?
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Saturday, February 1st, 2014 AT 6:23 PM
Tiny
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If this helps, when we replaced the coil pack we looked inside of it to see if it was sparking while hot and it wasn't.
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Saturday, February 1st, 2014 AT 6:25 PM
Tiny
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Coil pack won't spark with out a ground for it. By removing it to look for spark will not work. Fuel filter may but not likely. Check for crank signal.
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Saturday, February 1st, 2014 AT 9:50 PM
Tiny
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Okay I will today and I will get back to you. Thanks!
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Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 AT 5:36 AM
Tiny
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Sorry I've been gone for a couple of days. I haven't been able to test my car because I haven't driven it anywhere do to the snow here in KY. But, could it be that my fuel hose is getting hot and causing air lock?
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 AT 11:37 AM
Tiny
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If you have access to a fuel gauge check fuel pressure buildup with key on.
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 AT 3:14 PM
Tiny
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Is this while it is hot or cold or both to see if there is a difference?
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 AT 8:03 PM
Tiny
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Either one. This will check to see how good the fuel pump is. Needs to pressurize to around 40psi.
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Friday, February 7th, 2014 AT 9:50 AM
Tiny
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You can do both and see if it has a problem when hot.
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Friday, February 7th, 2014 AT 9:51 AM
Tiny
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I fixed it! The insulation around the fuel line had move down and was allowing heat to come into contact with the fuel line creating vapor lock! Who knew such a small thing would cause so much hassle. Thank you for all of your help!
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Saturday, February 8th, 2014 AT 1:34 PM
Tiny
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Very awesome. Sometimes it just takes standing back and thinking through different scenarios.
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Saturday, February 8th, 2014 AT 1:38 PM

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