Q: Car won't start after flooring accelerator while going 75 MPH.

asked by on

I was driving at 75 MPH when I floored the accelerator. The RPM shot up to just under the maximum and then went back down to 2000 RPM. The car accelerated up to 80 MPH and then lost power as a clicking/flapping sound developed under the hood. After having my car towed, it would not start, and is completely dead. What's wrong with my car?

Your Dodge Stratus sounds as if it may be experiencing a serious problem. The initial symptom of the RPMs jumping from maximum to 2000 RPMS, appears to reveal that your transmission has slipped out of gear. The maxing out of the RPMs may have damaged or broken the timing chain, which would explain the loss of power and the clicking/flapping sound. I specifically mention the timing chain for this particular vehicle because it is unfortunately somewhat of a common failure found in the Dodge Stratus. This kind of inspection and repair is best left to a certified mechanic to properly diagnose. They will have the knowledge and tools to go over the vehicle and find out exactly what is keeping your vehicle from starting.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car won't start after flooring accelerator while going 75 MPH.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: if the fuel reset switch dont reset is it the pump?

The best way to test a fuel pump for proper function is to test the fuel pressure. If the fuel pressure is low, this could mean that the fuel pump is weak or that the fuel filter is clogged. I...

Q: Clicking noise when turning wheels. Is this type of job going to cost thousands or should I get a new car?

Hey there. As you may know, the CV joints are the connection that transfers power from the transmission to the wheels by the use of the CV joints and drive shafts. They have a rubber boot that covers them to...

Q: My left and right window is not aligned up. They are one inch over.

Hi there. On the track to the windows, there are two plastic bearings (like a roller wheel) that rotates on the rail as the window is moving up and down. They are on both sides of the window track. Sounds...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...