97 Stratus STARTED CHUGGING

Tiny
JONNYFROG
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  • 1997 DODGE STRATUS
JUST GOT THE OIL CHANGED, AND ABOUT 200 MILES LATER, IT STARTED RUNNING POORLY- CHUGGING, IDLE ROUGH, FAINT SMELL OF FLUID.
130756 ON THE ODOMETER, AND I SAW THAT THERE HAS BEEN OIL LEAKING FROM AROUND THE PCV VALVE- NO INDICATOR LIGHTS OR OTHER WARNINGS. PLEASE ADVISE BEFORE I TAKE IT IN. THANK YOU!
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Sunday, November 4th, 2007 AT 9:24 PM

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Tiny
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When was the last major tune-up?

Could be a problem on the idle air control motor, throttle position sensor, Manifold Asolute Pressure sensor and fuel pressure.
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Monday, November 5th, 2007 AT 4:43 AM
Tiny
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I'M SURE IT WAS SOME TIME AGO, IT'S MY GIRLFRIENDS CAR- GOT IT FROM HER PARENTS A COUPLE YEARS AGO. I KNOW IT WENT OVER ON THIS LAST OIL CHANGE.- IT WAS DUE IN AUGUST- I THOUGHT HER DAD ALREADY TOOK IT IN, BUT NOPE. WOULDN'T AN ENGINE LIGHT COME ON FOR ANY OF THOSE YOU LISTED? THANKS.
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Monday, November 5th, 2007 AT 9:16 AM
Tiny
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Its very unpredictable whether it'll show up in the computer causing it to trigger the check engine light. When I troubleshoot I scan the computer left and and right before I start turning wrenches. This the start of the diagnosis.

You can do this get it scanned for codes at autozone.

For a start have the fuel pressure check and comeback with the readings.
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Monday, November 5th, 2007 AT 11:53 AM
Tiny
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TOOK IT BACK TO OIL CAN H TODAY, THEY REPLACED THE PCV VALVE, AND REDID THE OIL CHANGE- STILL BAD BUT NOT AS BAD- THE TECH IN THE PIT SAID IT LOOKED LIKE THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER WAS BAD- LIKE A HOLE IN IT - AND THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT DID GO ON TODAY WHEN I STARTED IT UP. NEXT STOP, MECHANIC. THESE NEWER CARS ARE A BITCH TO WORK ON AT HOME- I COULD NOT EVEN START - BUT ON MY 94 SHADOW I HAVE SAVED HUNDREDS IN MAINTANENCE W/ A CHILTONS BOOK. I'LL TAKE ANY OTHER ADVICE- AND THANKS FOR YOUR TIME!
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Tuesday, November 6th, 2007 AT 2:08 AM

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