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

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

asked by on December 28, 2015

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

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

How do I used the heated mirrors feature?

The heated mirrors feature helps keep your side view mirrors visible in adverse weather conditions. The heated mirrors will melt snow and frost, giving you greater visibility. If your vehicle comes equipped with heating mirrors, then they will turn on...

Performance restriction

Based on the symptoms you're having, I would recommend having your vehicle inspected by a qualified professional with a check engine light is on inspection. This will be able to determine the exact cause of this issue. Consider YourMechanic as...

My car won't start 2001 Dodge Stratus

Hi there - your problem may be a weak fuel pump, and a bad starter solenoid (relay). The whine you now hear while the key is turned on is probably the fuel pump - a good sign. The fact that...

Related articles

2011 Dodge Ram vs. 2011 Ford F-150: Which One Should I Buy?
Large trucks can be fun to drive, and even more fun to get dirty. Unfortunately, they may also cause you to get phone calls from friends who need to move into a new apartment. Fortunately, just having a truck may...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You’re an Interior Designer
As As an interior designer, you need to transport a great many different items, including fabric, paint and wallpaper samples and sometimes even furniture items. You probably don’t handle overly large loads very often, and when you have to, you’ll...
Top 10 Best-Selling Cars of 2016
Ford F-series pickup trucks, Toyota Camry, and Honda Civic are some of the best-selling cars of 2016 and all deliver on reliability and efficiency.