Engine shut off while driving and will not start

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JOHNGREG05
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  • 1998 DODGE STRATUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 97,000 MILES
Engine turns over but willl not start. Can hear the fuel pump operating. Changed fuel filter.
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Saturday, February 6th, 2010 AT 12:05 PM

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IRONROW27
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There are several things that can keep your car from starting. They need spark, fuel, combustion, if missing any of those three it will not run.
Check the guides below on "no start" conditions and get back to us with what you find.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-test-an-ignition-system
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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:07 PM
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JACKGIRL
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  • 1998 DODGE STRATUS
Computer problem
1998 Dodge Stratus Automatic 75,000 miles

When I went to start my car this morning it turned over then just shut off, I let it sit for a few mins then tryed again but nothing happen, however my head light, dash lights and the dome light come on, and the buzzing noise happens when I have the key in and the door open. The radio will not turn on nor does the car. Please help
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PRANCER
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  • 1998 DODGE STRATUS
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 14,500 MILES
My car just shut down while I was driving as it did this check engine light came on and it will not start now.
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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:10 PM (Merged)
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CARADIODOC
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Camshaft position sensor is a common cause. It is on the driver's side of the cylinder head. Very often they start to work again for a while after they cool down. When the Check Engine light comes on, it means there is a diagnostic code stored in the Engine Computer related to something that could have an adverse affect on tail pipe emissions. Many auto parts stores will retrieve those codes for you for free. They will lead you to the circuit or system with the problem, not necessarily the defective part.

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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:10 PM (Merged)
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PRANCER
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Thank you, I will check this.
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CARADIODOC
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A fast way to tell if you are on the right track is to connect a test light or voltmeter to either of the small terminals, (plugged-in wires or two small nuts) on the back of the alternator. You can also use the dark green wire with orange stripe, I believe, to the ignition coils or injectors. All of those points will have 12 volts for just one second after turning on the ignition switch. That's when you might hear the fuel pump run for that one second. What is important is that voltage should return as soon as you crank the engine. The voltage is supplied through the automatic shutdown (ASD) relay which is turned on by the Engine Computer when it sees engine rotation, (cranking or running). The computer knows the engine is rotating by the pulses it receives from the camshaft position sensor and crankshaft position sensor. The crank sensor does not cause much trouble. The cam sensor has caused a lot of trouble. The replacement might have a different plug than your old one. Redesigned sensors normally come with a new plug that must be spliced into the circuit.

If you find the ASD relay is not turning on during engine cranking, the stored diagnostic fault code will tell you which sensor is not sending pulses.

Also be aware that this is an "interference" engine. That means serious engine damage will result if the timing belt breaks or jumps a few teeth. To reduce the chance of that happening, the Engine Computer watches the relationship of the pulses from the two sensors to determine if the belt has jumped. If it jumps one tooth, the computer will turn on the Check Engine light and set a fault code related to "cam and crank sync". If the belt jumps two teeth, the computer will shut the engine down to protect it. You would have noticed poor performance. At three teeth, pistons will hit the valves and bend them.

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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:10 PM (Merged)
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BRANDONRCREASY
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  • 1998 DODGE STRATUS
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  • FWD
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  • 250,000 MILES
Car shut off while driving. Will not start. Check and have no spark or fuel. What would cause both the fuel and spark to quit at the same time. Need to know where to start looking.
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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:10 PM (Merged)
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Has the check engine light ever come on?
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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:10 PM (Merged)
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BRANDONRCREASY
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Before the car quit working. Occasionally it would flash going down the road. There are no codes in the computer I have already hooked an obdII reader to it.
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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:10 PM (Merged)
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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If you lost both and there are no codes, start by checking the ASD. If bad, it will shut both down.
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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:10 PM (Merged)
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BRANDONRCREASY
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Checked it. It clicks but gets really warm very quickly. Also have rotated the relays because all of the are the same. Could it have something to do with the grounding circuits. Or could it be the crank or camshaft position sensors.
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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:10 PM (Merged)
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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I do not like the fact the ASD is getting hot. It checked out okay though you said. My guess is the ASD is failing under a load or there is a ground problem. The crank sensor would neither cause the ASD to get hot nor the fuel pump to shut off.
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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:10 PM (Merged)
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BRANDONRCREASY
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I believe it is a grounding problem also. The people I have spoken with say that a ground problem could be the issue. The troubleshooting steps say I need to run some test with a scan tool to determine what the problem is. Any pointer on where and how it would cost just to have the test run to determine the problem?
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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:10 PM (Merged)
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BIGJIM220
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Hey, what did you find out?
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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:10 PM (Merged)
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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It is hard to determine a cost because it is all based on how quickly they are able to find the problem. As far as the scan tool, it helps identify open circuits which should point them in the direction of the problem.
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BUDDIBAD001
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I have a 1998 dodge stratus that wont start motor turns over but still wont start.I change cam senor, crank sensor, computer, coil pak, but still not getting any spark
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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:10 PM (Merged)
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RASMATAZ
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Which engine 2.0 or 2.4 liter?

Check the dark green and orange wire on the coil pack do you have power if not check and test the ASD relay.
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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:10 PM (Merged)
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BUDDIBAD001
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Its a 2.4 and where do I find the asd relay
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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:10 PM (Merged)
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RASMATAZ
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Dunno which one in the power distribution center but its there -sorry no pic
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DANAGONZALEZ
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  • 1998 DODGE STRATUS
  • 2.4L
  • V6
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 111,758 MILES
I have a problem with my car that when it rains it wont start it starts but when I drive a few blocks and come to a stop it shuts off I have to keep cranking it to it starts When its sunny it works fine no problem can someone help me out please I dont have no body but two little girls please help
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