2005 Dodge Stratus Car just Died going down road

Tiny
CARLA JONES
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  • 2005 DODGE STRATUS
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2005 Dodge Stratus 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 138.00 miles

I was going down the road at aprox. 45 miles per hour and my car just shut off for no reason. It will not crank back. It want even hit. Could it be a Cam sensor or a Crank sensor I cant have it put on a computer because I cant get it to start. Please help Thanks Carla
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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 AT 7:37 PM

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Tiny
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Hi Carla Jones. Welcome to the forum. First lets take care of some confusion to be sure we're talking about the same things. "It will not crank back." Do you mean the starter doesn't crank (spin) the engine? If so, do your hear any sounds when you turn the ignition switch to "crank". Are the dash lights or head lights dim? If these sound like your symptoms, the alternator may have stopped workng. As the battery drains, the elctric fuel pump and the rest of the electrical system will stop working and the engine will stall. You would have also seen the "Check Gauges" light on the dash long before this happened.

If the engine cranks fine but doesn't run, that could indeed be due to the crankshaft position sensor or camshaft position sensor. It's more common for the camshaft position sensor to fail, often after it gets hot. Sometimes they will work again when they cool down.

What does "It want even hit" mean? The starter doesn't engage? The engine cranks but doesn't try to run? There is a real common problem that causes the starter motor to make one kind of loud clunk each time the ignition switch is turned to "crank" but it will not spin the engine. That's caused by worn contacts in the starter solenoid. They can be replaced separately, but most people just replace the entire starter. This problem will not cause the engine to stall while driving though. Also, it will eventually crank after cycling the ignition switch between "Run" and "Crank" repeatedly. This problem gets progressively worse over time.

There's some confusion about the use of a diagnostic computer. One of its main purposes is to figure out why an engine won't start or run. The hand-held computer, called a scanner, will display sensor values, switch states (on or off), and other things the Engine Computer is doing. If your Check Engine light on the dash turned on, there will be a diagnostic fault code memorized in the Engine Computer. As long as the battery isn't disconnected, that code will provide valuable information for the mechanic. It will indicate the circuit or system with the problem, not necessarily the defective part.

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Thursday, April 29th, 2010 AT 2:34 AM
Tiny
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The engine will spin but it want start. All plugs are fireing. The battery isnt bad because all lights are fine.
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Thursday, April 29th, 2010 AT 4:37 PM
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Hmmm. The most common problem is the camshaft position sensor but then you wouldn't have spark OR fuel. Fuel pumps cause a lot of trouble too, but rarely stop working while you're driving. They normally fail to start up.

Either the camshaft position sensor or the crankshaft position sensor will be detected by the Engine Computer when they're defective. Also, if the timing belt jumps one tooth, the computer will notice the relationship between the two sensors is not correct and will set a fault code and turn on the Check Engine light. If the belt jumps two teeth, the computer will stop the engine to protect it. Serious damage will result if the belt jumps three teeth. Here again, there will be no spark or fuel.

I'm sorry to say this is going to need a trip to a mechanic to have them read any codes in the Engine Computer's memory. Some auto parts stores can do this for you for free too. The strange thing is everything except the fuel pump has to be working if you have spark and this doesn't sound like a fuel pump problem.

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Thursday, April 29th, 2010 AT 9:48 PM

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