Q: Dodge stratus 99 isn't wanting to shift and the engine dies out when stopped.

asked by on

I noticed a problem when my car started to shake and didn't want to go beyond 50 mpH. Then, when I tried stopping, the car wanted to die out, unless I did a rolling stop while breaking and giving it the gas. I got it to a family member's house and it died when I stopped. The car would then turn on but if I tried putting it in reverse it would die. Same thing with drive. The check engine light had come on so I read the code saying the crank sensor was messed up. I replaced that. I checked the transmission fluid and it was the right height, but it was thin and bubbly. So I ended up replacing the transmission filter and the transmission fluid thinking maybe it was getting old and too thin as well. I started to drive it back home and it was doing pretty good till the same thing started to happen again on my way back once it startes to warm up. So now I have no idea where to go from here.

My car has 200000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. This seems to be an issue with the idle air control valve (IAC) and a possible mass air flow sensor (MAF) that is dirty. Even though the valve and sensor can be damaged or dirty, as long as they are working the engine light will not come on. Check the harness to the IAC and MAF and see if they are plugged in. Also, remove the MAF and clean it out and then put it back on. If the issue continue, then I recommend replacing the IAC and the MAF to fix the problem that you are having with the stalling and loss of power. If you need further assistance with your engine stalling out, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

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. Dodge stratus 99 isn't wanting to shift and the engine dies out when stopped.

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: My car acts as if it's not getting any gas

This may be a failing throttle position sensor. This is a unit that monitors the position of your foot on the gas pedal and relays this to the computer. The computer adjusts the fuel supply to the engine based upon...

Q: Car didn't want to start

Hi There, This may be related to many different possibilities, some of which may be related to a lack of spark or possibly timing issues and some of which may be related to a fuel delivery problem or a combination...

Q: it idles high when started and dogs out when u press the accelerator. .

Hi there. Typically a high idle issue is caused by the idle control valve or a vacuum leak. When you apply pressure to the throttle and it bogs down, that tends to also be a vacuum issue. Some of the...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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...