2005 Dodge Stratus My 2005 Dodge Stratus cut off while driv

Tiny
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  • 2005 DODGE STRATUS
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 110,000 MILES
I was driving 55 miles on the interstate and engine light came on and moments later (like 1 second) my car cut off. However I was still able to steer and use the brakes. When I tried to start it again it turns but never starts up. HELP
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Saturday, August 14th, 2010 AT 9:42 PM

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Tiny
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Hi mdiva901. Welcome to the forum. The good news is when the Check Engine light comes on, there is a diagnostic fault code stored in the engine computer. That code will lead you to the circuit or system with the problem, not necessarily the defective part. Many auto parts stores can read the codes for you.

A common problem on the 4 cylinder engines is the camshaft position sensor. Also, if you have the single overhead cam engine and you have a fault code related to "cam and crank sync", suspect a sheared off dowel pin between the camshaft and sprocket. When the sprocket turns a little on the camshaft, it will be interpreted by the Engine Computer as a jumped timing belt, and the computer will shut the engine down to protect the valves. The dowel pin, or a jumped timing belt are permanent and the engine will not start until the problem is fixed. The camshaft position sensor very often fails by becoming heat-sensitive and will work again once it cools down. Suspect the sensor if the engine will start and run after a few hours.

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Sunday, August 15th, 2010 AT 3:09 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for that information. Does it matter that on the day before it had ran out of gas. I'm talking about riding for miles on E. Then later I fill the tank all the way up. After taking my husband to work the next day it was fine. Then that afternoon when it was 101 degrees here I went to get him. Thats when it cut off. I didn't know if that matter
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Sunday, August 15th, 2010 AT 6:33 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for that information. Does it matter that on the day before it had ran out of gas. I'm talking about riding for miles on E. Then later I fill the tank all the way up. After taking my husband to work the next day it was fine. Then that afternoon when it was 101 degrees here I went to get him. Thats when it cut off. I didn't know if that matter[/quote:06d201088e]

Please don't for get to tell me where these parts are located on my model of car
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Sunday, August 15th, 2010 AT 6:51 AM
Tiny
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I doubt the fuel pump is the problem. It is cooled by the gas it pumps so running OUT might cause the pump to overheat, but just running LOW won't cause a problem. The pump sits in a little container in the gas tank that it keeps filled with fuel.

The camshaft position sensor is on the driver's side of the top of the engine and has three wires connected to it. The crankshaft position sensor also has three wires. It is bolted to the back of the engine near the center.

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Sunday, August 15th, 2010 AT 3:57 PM

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