Engine shut off while driving and will not start

Tiny
RICARDO O'GRADY
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My 1998 Stratus, 2.5L, sometimes turns the "check engine" sign on, and then the engine stops. Itdoes not happen in highway only at low revolutions or when stopped. When I lifted hood I moved the wires close to the powertrain location, there was a click and then the engine started again.
However it recurrs.

Any idea how to service? I live in Argentina and Chrysler servicing is not the same as before.

My personal mail address is as follows:
ricardo. Ogrady@gmail. Com

Thanks
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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:11 PM (Merged)
Tiny
TPLOV
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  • 1998 DODGE STRATUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 130,000 MILES
I got in the car this morning to go to the store. The car started fine. I drove it only about 2 blocks and parked it. When I came out to go home the car would not start - I am not sure what is going on. Sems to have power from the battery because the door locks work, the windows work, the fan moter blows. The strange thing is that when I turn the key to the on or start position, I see the odometer light but none of the guages move at all. They normally jump into position - for example the gas guage jumps to the fuel level - This does not happen now. Also, the radio does not work any longer.? When I turn the key to try and start the car there is nothing - no noise at all. I did try jump starting the car with no results. Any ideas? Thanks
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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:11 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ZACKMAN
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I think your starter is shot. But before you pull the starter out, take the battery out and fully charge the battery with a charger. But big chance is your starter.
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Thursday, September 20th, 2018 AT 5:11 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi and thanks for using 2CarPros.com.

Since there are other electrical issues related to what is happening, start with checking the battery terminals to make sure they are clean and tight. Also, check fuses under the hood to determine if there are any of the ignition fuses blown. There is a printed list on the underside of the power distribution box which indicates each fuses' designation.

Here is a link that discusses what can happen if a battery terminal is loose or corroded. Take a look through it and let me know what you find.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/everything-goes-dead-when-engine-is-cranked

Next, take a look through this link. It discusses how to check if the starter is getting power to the solenoid. Follow the directions and let me know what you find. Note: If there is no power to the starter solenoid with the key in the start position, the starter is most likely not the problem, but rather a power supply issue which will need traced.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-a-starter-and-solenoid-works

Check those things first and get back to us.

Take care,
Joe
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Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 AT 7:24 PM

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