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2004 Dodge Stratus Manual

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  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 1
    ... TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE ...3 1 ...9 2 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL STARTING AND OPERATING ...51 3 ...79 4 ...127 5 ...171 6 ...185 7 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE MAINTENANCE ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 2
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 3
    INTRODUCTION CONTENTS Introduction ...4 How To Use This Manual ...4 Warnings And Cautions ...6 Vehicle Identification Number ...6 ▫ Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) For 2.4L - If Equipped ...7 Vehicle Modifications / Alterations ...7 1
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 4
    4 INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION This manual has been prepared with the assistance of service and engineering specialists to acquaint you with ... and genuine Mopar parts, and is interested in your satisfaction. WARNING! Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 5
    INTRODUCTION 5 1
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    6 INTRODUCTION WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS This manual contains WARNINGS against operating procedures which could ... your vehicle. If you do not read this entire manual you may miss ...(VIN) is on a stamped plate on the left front corner on the body of the vehicle, visible through the windshield. This number ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 7
    ...PZEV) package. NOTE: There are specific instructions regarding when to change the ignition cables and spark plugs with the PZEV package. Please refer to the Maintenance Schedules section in your owner's manual for specific maintenance instructions. VEHICLE MODIFICATIONS / ALTERATIONS 1 WARNING! ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 8
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 9
    ... ...14 ▫ General Information ...15 Illuminated Entry System ...15 Door Locks ...15 ▫ Power Door ...▫ Door Ajar Warning ...17 ▫ Automatic (Rolling) Door Locks ...17 ▫ Automatic Unlock On Exit - ... Enabled ...18 ▫ "Child Protection" Door Lock System (Rear Doors) ...18 Remote Keyless Entry...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 10
    ... ...32 ▫ Driver And Right Front Passenger Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) - Airbag ...33 Engine Break-In Recommendations ...48 Safety Tips ...49 ▫ Exhaust Gas ...49 ▫ Safety Checks You Should Make Inside The Vehicle ...49 ▫ ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 11
    ...dealer that sold you your new vehicle has the key code numbers for your vehicle locks. These numbers can be used to order duplicate... lever in PARK and make sure that the gearshift knob push button has returned to the out position. Turn the key to the Lock position and remove the key. NOTE: If you try...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 12
    ... release button located between the ignition switch and the instrument panel. Turn the ignition key to the LOCK position and remove the key. Key-In-Ignition Reminder Opening the driver's door when the key is in the ignition and is in the OFF, LOCK, or ACC position, sounds a signal ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 13
    ... seconds then shut off. The system will allow the engine to be started and run (for 2 seconds) up ...after which the starter motor will be disabled and the engine will not crank. NOTE: • The Sentry Key ...but can cause a momentary problem when attempting to start the engine. If a problem occurs, remove ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 14
    ...within 15 seconds. After ten seconds a chime will sound and the Theft Alarm Light will begin to flash. Turn the ignition Off and remove the second key. .... After 10 seconds a single chime will sound. The Theft Alarm Light will stop flashing, turn on for 3 seconds; then turn off. The...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 15
    ... may cause undesired operation ILLUMINATED ENTRY SYSTEM The interior lights will come on when you open any door, unlock the vehicle with the remote keyless ... also will turn off if you turn on the ignition after you close all doors. DOOR LOCKS WARNING! For personal security and safety in the event ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 16
    ... Door Locks There is a door lock switch on each front door trim panel located to the front of the ... make sure that the keys are not inside the vehicle before closing the door. Power Door Lock Switch If you press the door lock switch while the keys are in the ignition switch, and the driver's door ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 17
    ...Locking - If Equipped All vehicle doors are locked with the first turn of the key to the LOCK position. The double activation feature requires you ...re-enabled by performing the following procedure: 1. Close all doors and place the key in the ignition. 2. Cycle the ignition switch between OFF and ON...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 18
    ...doors. 1. Close all doors and place the key in the ignition. 2. Cycle the ignition switch between ... 4 times ending up in the OFF position. 3. Depress the power door lock switch to unlock .... This will occur even though the inside door lock is in the unlocked position. 4. A single chime will indicate ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 19
    ... to unlock all doors. If your vehicle is equipped with Illuminated Entry, the interior lights also come on and remain on for about 30 seconds, when you unlock the doors. NOTE: ... system engaged, move the lock plunger up (unlocked position), lower the window and open the door with the...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 20
    ...no longer than 10 seconds, then press the LOCK button. 3. Release both buttons. The headlights will flash twice to acknowledge the unlock signal. NOTE: The Lamp ..., then press the Trunk button. 3. Release both buttons. To lock the doors: The horn will chirp and the headlamps will flash ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 21
    ... Panic Alarm The panic mode unlocks the driver's door, turns on the interior lights, flashes the headlights, and sounds the horn for about ... A chime will sound when the 30 seconds is over or the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position. General Information This transmitter complies with FCC ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 22
    ...minutes. For the first three minutes the horn will sound and the headlights and interior lights will flash. Then the horn will stop and if the...of the trigger is still present, the lights will continue to flash for another 15 minutes. NOTE: The engine will not start until you disarm the system. To set...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 23
    ... 2. Lock the door using either the power door lock switch, the key, or the Keyless Entry Transmitter and close all doors. 3. The light in the instrument ... is still armed, but there is a problem in the trunk circuit. After 15 seconds the light will continue to flash slowly. This ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 24
    ... before the switch will operate. Vehicles with manual transmissions must be at zero mph for the switch to work. With the ignition ON, the word "deck" will be... trunk is closed or if the trip button is depressed. With the key in lock position or key out, the "deck" will be displayed until the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 25
    ... seat belts also can be used to hold infant and child restraint systems. 2 The window controls on the driver's door operate all windows. The driver's window switch has an Auto Down feature. Press the window switch past the detent, release,...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 26
    ...belted at all times. Lap/Shoulder Belts All seating positions in your vehicle are equipped with Lap/Shoulder Belts. The belt webbing retractor is designed to lock during very sudden stops or impacts. This feature allows the shoulder part of the belt to move freely with you under normal conditions. ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 27
    ... belts are designed to go around the large bones of your body. These are the strongest parts of your body and can take the forces of a collision ... person, no matter what their size. Lap/Shoulder Belt Operating Instructions 1. Enter the vehicle and close the door. Sit back and adjust the front seat. ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 28
    ...lap portion could ride too high on your body, possibly causing internal injuries. Always buckle ...worn under your arm is very dangerous. Your body could strike the inside surfaces of the vehicle in ...lap and shoulder belt are meant to be used together. 4. Position the lap belt across your thighs, below...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 29
    ...have it fixed. 5. Position the shoulder belt on your chest so that it is comfortable and not resting ... on the buckle. The belt will automatically retract to its stowed position. If necessary, slide the latch plate ..., frays, or loose parts. Damaged parts must be replaced immediately. Do not disassemble...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 30
    ...still must be worn snugly and positioned properly. The pretensioners are triggered by the front airbag control module (see Airbag Section). Like the front airbags..., both must be replaced. As a guide, if you are shorter than average, you will prefer a lower position, and if ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 31
    ... deactivating the Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert). 1. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position and buckle the driver's seat belt. 2. Start the engine and wait for the Seat Belt Warning Light to turn off. 3. Within 60 seconds of starting the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 32
    ... System (BeltAlert) has been deactivated, the Seat Belt Warning Light will continue to illuminate while the driver's seat belt remains unbuckled. ... the seat belt is not long enough when it is worn low and snug, and in the recommended seating positions. Remove and store the extender when not needed.
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 33
    .... The passenger's front airbag is mounted in the instrument panel, above the glove compartment. The words SRS AIRBAG are embossed on the airbag covers. NOTE: Airbag covers may not be obvious in the interior trim; but they will open to allow airbag deployment.
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 34
    ... STARTING YOUR VEHICLE WARNING! • Do not put anything on or around the front airbag covers or attempt to manually open them. You may damage the airbags and... bolster in any way. • Do not mount any accessories to the knee bolster such as alarm lights, stereos, citizens band radios ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 35
    ... left and right window bags, do not lean against the door, airbags will inflate forcefully into the...they also need room to inflate. Do not lean against the door or window. Sit upright in ...the seat. Airbag System Components The front airbag system consists of the following: • Airbag Control Module 2
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 36
    ... Module • AIRBAG Readiness Light • Left and Right Window Bags Above Side ... Impact Sensors • Interconnection Wiring How The Airbag System Work • The airbag control module determines ... control module also monitors the readiness of the electronic parts of the system whenever the ignition switch ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 37
    THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 37 • The airbag control module also turns on the AIRBAG light in the instrument panel for 6 to 8 seconds when the ignition is first turned on, then turns the light off. If it detects a malfunction in any ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 38
    ... dealer as soon as possible. Side Airbag System The airbag control module determines if a side collision is severe ... the airbag to inflate. The control module receives the level of collision severity from the side impact sensors. The airbag control module will not detect rollover or rear impacts.
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 39
    ... are designed to activate only in certain side collisions. When the airbag control module detects a collision requiring the window bags to inflate, it... steering wheel hub trim cover or the upper right side of the instrument panel. Do not modify the front bumper, vehicle body structure, or frame. • ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 40
    ..., have an authorized dealer service the system promptly: • The AIRBAG light does not come on or flickers during the 6 to 8 seconds when the ignition switch is first turned on. • The light remains on or flickers after the 6 to 8 second interval. • ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 41
    ...of a vehicle with the front passenger airbag unless the airbag is turned off. An airbag deployment could cause severe injury or death to infants in this position. 2 WARNING! • Improper installation can lead to failure of an infant or child restraint. It could come loose in a collision. The child...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 42
    ...restraint for weight and height limits. • Carefully follow the instructions that come with the restraint. If you install the restraint improperly, it may not work when ...against the seat back, they should use a belt-positioning booster seat. The child and beltpositioning booster seat ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 43
    ... or slouching can move the belt out of position. • If the shoulder belt contacts the face ... vehicle. All three rear seating positions have lower anchorages that are capable of accommodating ... lower attachments must be installed in the outboard positions only. Regardless of the specific type of lower...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 44
    ... VEHICLE in adjacent rear-seating positions or if your child restraints are not LATCH-compatible, ... anchorages behind each rear seating position located in the panel between the rear seat back and...anchorages are under a hinged plastic cover with this symbol on it. Many, but not all restraint systems ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 45
    ...top of the anchorage bars, pushing aside the seat cover material. Then lift the tether anchorage... and between the two posts. If not possible, lower the head restraint and... in the straps according to the child restraint manufacturer's instructions. WARNING! Improper installation of a child restraint...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 46
    ... restraint secure, try a different seating position. NOTE: This vehicle may be equipped with rotating ... for accessing the tether anchors. Follow the appropriate instructions below to attach child restraint tether ... (Non-Rotating Tether Caps) 1. Lift the cover over the anchor directly behind the seat ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 47
    ... under the head restraint and between the two posts. If not possible, lower the head restraint and pass the tether ... in the tether strap according to the child restraint manufacturer's instructions. Child restraint tether strap attachment (Rotating Tether Caps) 1. Rotate the cover over the anchor ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 48
    ... according to the child restraint manufacturer's instructions. ENGINE BREAK-IN RECOMMENDATIONS The engine in your new vehicle does not require a long break-in period. Drive ... oil installed in the engine at the factory is a high quality energy conserving type lubricant. Oil changes ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 49
    ... follow the safety tips below. • Do not run the engine in a closed garage or in confined areas any...Airbag Light The light should come on and remain on for 6 to 8 seconds as a bulb check when the ignition switch ...turned ON. If the bulb is not lit during starting, have it replaced. If the light stays ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 50
    ... someone observe the operation of exterior lights while you work the controls. Check turn signal and high beam indicator lights on the instrument panel. Fluid Leaks Check area under vehicle after overnight parking for fuel, water, oil, or ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 51
    ... Lights ...61 ▫ Front Map/Reading Lights - If Equipped ...62 ▫ Multi-Function Control Lever ...63 ▫ Headlights, Parking Lights, Instrument Panel Lights ...63 ▫ Daytime Running Lights (Canada Only) ...63 ▫ Lights-On Reminder ...64 3
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 52
    52 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE ▫ Fog Lights - If Equipped ...64 ▫ Turn Signals ...64 ▫ Headlight Beam Select Switch ...64 ▫ Passing Light ...64 ▫ Headlight Time Delay ...64 Windshield Wipers And Washers ...65 ▫ Mist ...65 ▫ ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 53
    ... 53 CONSOLE FEATURES Console Features - Without Heated Seats The center console/armrest has a ... holder and a tissue holder mounted on the underside of the cover. The bottom of the console bin also has ... currencies. The slot on the far left side is not for coins, but for an optional power outlet, ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 54
    54 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE Console Features - With Heated Seats The center console/armrest has a pencil /tire gage holder and a tissue holder mounted on the underside of the cover. The bottom of the console bin also has built in holders for compact discs ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 55
    ... of the steering wheel. 3 Annoying headlight glare can be reduced by moving the small control under the mirror to the night position (toward rear ... (toward windshield). NOTE: Place the mirror selector switch in the center (neutral) position to prevent accidental movement of the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 56
    ... the mirror, rotate the sun visor down and swing the mirror cover upward. The lights will turn on automatically. Closing the mirror cover turns off the lights. WARNING! Vehicles and other objects seen in the right side convex mirror will look smaller and ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 57
    ... up to move the seat to the desired position. Reclining Bucket Seats The recliner control is on the side of the seat. To... the lever, then lean back to the desired position and release the lever. Lean forward ... the adjusting bar, apply forward and rearward body pressure to be sure the seat is latched.
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 58
    ...you to increase or decrease the amount of lumbar support. Turn the control lever forward to increase and ...desired amount of lumbar support. Power Seats - If Equipped The power seat switches are on the outboard ...tilt the seat. The rear switch controls the seatback recliner. CAUTION! Do not place any...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 59
    ... the seat back is latched. WARNING! The cargo area in the rear of the vehicle (with the rear seatbacks in the locked-up or folded down position) should not be used as a play area by children when the vehicle is in motion. They could be seriously injured in...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 60
    ... must be released. First pull the hood release lever located under the left side of the instrument panel. Use the hood prop rod to secure the hood in the open position. Place the upper end of the prop rod in the hole marked "prop" on the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 61
    ...map/courtesy lights come on when a door is opened and the panel lamp dimmer switch (located .... Turn the panel dimmer switch fully clockwise to prevent the lights from coming on when a door is opened... control to the extreme bottom full-circle position. The interior lights will remain off when the doors...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 62
    ... brightens the odometer and radio display when the parking lights or headlights are on during daylight conditions. Front Map/Reading Lights - If Equipped These lights are mounted between the sun ... has a push-on push-off switch. NOTE: The lights will remain on until the switch is pressed a second ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 63
    ... and fog lights. Headlights, Parking Lights, Instrument Panel Lights Turn the end... the dimmer control to the full down position prevents the courtesy lights from coming on when a door is opened... Only) The headlights come on at a low intensity level whenever the ignition switch is turned on. The lights...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 64
    ... the ignition switch is turned OFF or the parking brake is engaged. The headlight switch must be used for normal night time driving. Lights-on Reminder If the headlights or parking lights are on after the ignition is turned off, a chime will sound when the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 65
    .... If the lever is pulled while in the OFF position, the wipers will operate for several cycles, then turn OFF. 3 WARNING! ... the windshield wiper blades from returning to the OFF position. If the windshield wiper switch is turned OFF and the blades cannot return to the OFF position, damage to the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 66
    ... single wiping cycle, with a variable pause between cycles, desirable. Turn the lever to the delay position, then select the delay interval. The delay can be regulated ... and have an accident. Adjust the column only while the vehicle is stopped. Be sure it is locked before driving.
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 67
    ... on the top of the steering column, to the right of the hazard switch, until the Traction Control indicator in the instrument cluster lights up. NOTE: The Traction Control System is enabled each time the ignition switch is turned On. This will occur ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 68
    ... Control is ON. NOTE: You must press the ON button to activate the system each time the engine is started. To Deactivate: A soft tap on the brake pedal, pushing the CANCEL button, or normal brake or clutch pressure will deactivate speed control without erasing ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 69
    ... vehicle speed rises 3 mph (5 km/h) over the Speed Control set speed, the transaxle will downshift to third gear. This provides engine braking to keep vehicle speed under control. The transaxle will not downshift below third gear to control vehicle overspeed. The ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 70
    ... any of the above conditions. GARAGE DOOR OPENER - IF EQUIPPED The HomeLink Universal Transceiver replaces up to three remote controls (hand held transmitters) that operate devices such as garage door openers, motorized gates, or home lighting. It triggers these devices at the push...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 71
    ... with an antenna, make sure that the antenna is hanging straight down. 1. Turn off the engine. WARNING! Vehicle exhaust contains carbon monoxide, a dangerous ... training the transceiver. Exhaust gas can cause serious injury or death. 3 WARNING! Your motorized door or gate will...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 72
    ... the hand held controller one to three inches from the Universal Transceiver while keeping its indicator light in .... If after 90 seconds the indicator light does not flash rapidly or goes out, return...Some entry gates and garage door openers may require you to replace step 4 with the procedures listed ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 73
    ... VEHICLE 73 On garage door openers with the "Rolling Code" feature, the transmitter code changes after each...training button, check your garage door opener manual, or call 1-800-355-3515 ...training button on the garage door opener head unit. This will activate the "training" light. NOTE: After ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 74
    ... Universal Transceiver until the garage door or other device begins to operate. The light in the display shows ... completed. 2. When the indicator light begins to flash slowly (after 20 seconds) position the hand ... buttons until the green light begins to flash. This device complies with part 15 of FCC ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 75
    ... interference that may cause undesired operation. NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could...EQUIPPED The sunroof controls are mounted between the sun visors. The following two types of power sunroof switches may be equipped on this vehicle: 3
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 76
    ... OF YOUR VEHICLE Press and release the Vent switch to open the sunroof to the Vent position. NOTE: Open the sunshade by hand when opening ... secured too. Do not allow small children to operate the sunroof. Never allow fingers or other body parts, or any object to project through the sunroof opening. ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 77
    ...be removed or turned off when the vehicle is not in use. CAUTION! Electrical Outlet Use With Engine Off • Many accessories that can be plugged in draw power from ... life and/or prevent engine starting. • Accessories that draw higher power (i.e., coolers, vacuum cleaners, lights, etc.) ...
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  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 79
    ...€”AM/ FM Stereo Radio With Cassette Tape Player, CD Player And CD Changer Controls — If Equipped ...95 ▫ Operating Instructions — Radio ...95 ▫ Power Switch, Volume Control ...95 ▫ Seek Button (Radio Mode) ...96 ▫ Tuning ...96 4
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 80
    ... To Set The Radio Push-Button Memory ...98 ▫ To Change From Clock To Radio Mode ...98 ▫ Operating ... Tape Eject ...99 ▫ Scan Button ...99 ▫ Changing Tape Direction ...99 ▫ Metal Tape ... ...99 ▫ Noise Reduction ...100 ▫ Operating Instructions - CD Player ...100 ▫ Inserting The Compact ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 81
    UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 81 Sales Code RBB-AM/FM Stereo Radio With Cassette Tape Player And CD Changer Capability ...104 ▫ Operating Instructions ...104 ▫ Power Button ...104 ▫ Electronic Volume Control ...104 ▫ Seek ...104 ▫ Tune ...105 ▫ ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 82
    82 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL ▫ Program Button 5 ...116 ▫ Time Button ...116 ▫ Changing Modes ...116 ▫ Removing Discs From The CD Changer ...116...119 Radio Operation And Cellular Phones ...120 Climate Controls ...120 ▫ Manual Air Conditioning/Heater Control ...120...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 83
    UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 83 INSTRUMENTS AND CONTROLS 4
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    84 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL INSTRUMENT CLUSTER
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 85
    ... will also illuminate for a 5-second bulb check when the ignition switch is first turned to the ON position. 4. Airbag Light The light comes on and remains on for 6... come on during starting, have the bulb replaced. If the light stays on, or comes on while driving, have the system ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 86
    ... of an onboard diagnostic system called OBD that monitors engine and automatic transmission control systems. The light will illuminate as long as the key is in the ON position, prior to engine start up. Approximately 15 seconds later the MIL may ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 87
    ... This light shows when the fog lights are ON. 12. Temperature Gauge The temperature gauge shows engine coolant temperature. Any reading within the normal range .... 13. Engine Temperature Warning Light This light warns of an overheated engine coolant condition. 14. Trip Odometer Button Press...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 88
    ... If you move the vehicle and a door is not completely closed, the word DOOR will replace the odometer display and a ...17. Anti-Lock Warning Light - If Equipped This light monitors the Anti-Lock Brake System described elsewhere in this manual. This light will come on when the ignition key is turned ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 89
    ... master cylinder. On vehicles equipped with Anti-lock brakes (ABS), the brake light may also indicate reduced braking performance. If the parking brake ...brake system inspected as soon as possible. WARNING! Driving a vehicle with the brake light on is dangerous. A significant decrease in ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 90
    ... System Warning light will come on if the ABS light is not functioning or if the ABS ... Reminder Light When the ignition switch is first turned ON, this light will turn on for 5 to 8 seconds as a bulb check..., but there is a problem in the trunk circuit. After 15 seconds the light will continue to flash...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 91
    UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 91 Control Buttons Step Button Use this button to choose or cycle through the five trip ...or all) of these conditions. US / M Button Use this button to change the display from U.S. to metric measurement units. Trip Conditions Average Fuel Economy...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 92
    ... YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Elapsed Time (ET) This display shows the accumulated ignition ON time ... update this calibration whenever the vehicle is in motion. Manual Compass Calibration Compass calibration can ... symbol appears. Manual compass calibration has been initiated at this point. Drive the vehicle...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 93
    ... then immediately release both buttons. The current variance zone will now be displayed. To change the zone, press the STEP button until the correct zone is displayed. Wait for about 5 seconds. The trip computer will store this variance in memory and the compass will resume normal ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 94
    ...clock and radio each use the display panel built into the radio. A digital readout... in hours and minutes whenever the ignition switch is in the ON or ACC position. Whenever the radio is turned..., whether it was tape, cd or radio. When the ignition switch is in the OFF position, pressing the Time button...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 95
    ... IF EQUIPPED 4 Operating Instructions - Radio NOTE: Power to operate the radio is controlled by the ignition switch. It must be in the ON or ACC position to operate the radio. Power Switch, Volume Control Press the ON/VOL control to turn the radio on. ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 96
    96 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Seek Button (Radio Mode) Press and release ... until you release the button. Tuning Press the TUNE control up or down to increase or decrease the frequency. If ...format type to be selected. Many radio stations do not currently broadcast PTY information. Toggle the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 97
    UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 97 Program Type Soft Rhythm and Blues Sports Talk ... PTY icon will then turn off. Balance The Balance control adjusts the left-to-right speaker balance. Push ... updated while the button is turned. Fade The Fade control provides for balance between the front and rear ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 98
    ... YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL AM/FM Selection Press the AM/FM button to change from AM to...between radio frequency and time. Operating Instructions - Tape Player Insert the cassette with the exposed ... will gently pull the cassette into the play position. NOTE: When subjected to extremely cold temperatures,...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 99
    ...Direction If you wish to change the direction of tape travel (side being played), press the PTY button. The lighted arrow in the display window will show the new direction. ... window. Pinch Roller Release If ignition power or the radio ON/OFF switch are turned off, the pinch roller will ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 100
    ... of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. Operating Instructions - CD Player NOTE: The ignition switch must be in the ON or ACC position and the volume control ON before the CD player... inch (12 cm) discs only. The use of other sized discs may damage the CD player mechanism. ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 101
    UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 101 NOTE: • You may eject a disc with the radio OFF. The ignition switch must be in the ON or ACC position to insert a disc with the radio OFF. • If you insert a disc with the ignition ON and the radio OFF, ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 102
    102 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL MODE Press the MODE button to select between the...Tape player. Time Button Press this button to change the display from elapsed CD playing time ... through Mopar Accessories. The following instructions are for the radio controls that operate this CD changer. Mode ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 103
    UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 103 Fast Forward And Rewind Buttons Press and...tracks on the selected disc in random order for an interesting change of pace. Random can be cancelled by pressing ...ejecting the CD from the changer. CD Diagnostic Indicators When driving over a very rough road, the CD ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 104
    ... YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL SALES CODE RBB-AM/FM STEREO RADIO WITH CASSETTE TAPE PLAYER AND CD CHANGER CAPABILITY ...: Power to operate the radio is supplied through the ignition switch. It must be in the ON or ACC position to operate the radio. NOTE: When first learning the control functions, the user ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 105
    ... SET button, the station will continue to play but will not be locked into push-button memory. ... Each band is adjusted by a slider control with a detent at the mid-position. Moving the control up or down increases or decreases amplification of that band. The mid position provides a balanced output. ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 106
    106 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL AM/FM Selection Press the AM/FM button to change from AM to FM. The operating mode will be displayed next to the station frequency. The display will show ST when a stereo station is received in the FM mode. Mode Button Press the MODE ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 107
    UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 107 Time Button Press the time button to toggle... this button while playing a cassette tape will change the side of the tape being played. NR (Noise... through Mopar Accessories. The following instructions are for the radio controls that operate this CD changer. Mode...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 108
    108 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Random can be cancelled by pressing the button a second ... ejecting the CD from the changer. CD Diagnostic Indicators When driving over a very rough road, the CD ... radio has been designed to display certain messages when a problem is detected with the CD player....
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 109
    UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 109 SALES CODE RBK-AM/ FM STEREO RADIO WITH CD PLAYER AND CD CHANGER CONTROLS Seek ...: Power to operate the radio is supplied through the ignition switch. It must be in the ON or ACC position to operate the radio. Balance The Balance control adjusts the left-to...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 110
    110 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Bass and Treble Tone Control The tone controls .... Each band is adjusted by a slider control with a detent at the mid-position. Moving the control up or down increases or decreases amplification of that band. The mid position provides a balanced output. AM/FM ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 111
    ... void the user's authority to operate the equipment. CD Player Operation NOTE: The ignition switch must be in the ON or ACC position and the volume control ON before the CD player will operate. Inserting The Compact Disc display will show the...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 112
    ... disc in random order to provide an interesting change of pace. Press the SEEK button to move ... to change the display from elapsed CD playing time to time of day. CD Changer Control ... through Mopar Accessories. The following instructions are for the radio controls that operate this CD changer. Mode ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 113
    UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 113 Random Play (RND) Press the Random button ...tracks on the selected disc in random order for an interesting change of pace. Random can be cancelled by pressing ...ejecting the CD from the changer. CD Diagnostic Indicators When driving over a very rough road, the CD...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 114
    ... been designed to display certain messages when a problem is detected with the CD player. 6 DISC CD ... changer is located below the radio in the instrument panel. The changer plays only 4 3⁄4 inch... disc has a numbered button with an amber light above it which, when illuminated, indicates that a disc...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 115
    UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 115 To insert additional CDs into the changer, the instructions follow: 1. Select and press any numbered button without an illuminated light above ... above the chosen button is flashing and the two lights on either side of the slot are illuminated. 3. Upon ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 116
    116 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL NOTE: The changer will not random play between discs. Press the top of the Seek ... play the previous disc. Time Button Press this button to switch between time of day and CD track time. Changing Modes While in the radio mode, if a cassette is loaded, press the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 117
    .../TAPE/ CD, Etc.). The left hand control is a rocker type switch with a push-button in the center. ...left hand control operation in each mode. Radio Operation Pressing the top of the switch will "Seek"... push-button. 4 The right hand control is a rocker type switch with a push-button in the center ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 118
    118 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL If you press the switch up or down twice it ... the third, etc. The button in the center of the left hand switch will cause the CD changer to play the next available ... and dust when it is not in use. 3. Keep the cassette tape away from direct sunlight, heat and ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 119
    UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 119 Maintain your cassette tape player. The head and capstan ... from one or both channels, as if the treble tone control were turned all the way down. To ... becomes very dirty (noticeably poor sound), it may not be possible to remove all deposits with a simple WET ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 120
    ...a known good disc before considering disc player service. You may have a problem with CD-R (recordable) and CD-RW (recordable and writable) disks. ... be turned down or off during cellular phone operation. CLIMATE CONTROLS Manual Air Conditioning/Heater Control The Air ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 121
    ... 0 Setting represents OFF and the 4 Setting is the greatest amount of air flow. Slight changes in engine speed or power may be noticed when the air conditioning compressor is on. This is a normal occurrence as the compressor will cycle on and off to ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 122
    122 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Mode Control The mode control allows you to choose from several patterns of air distribution. • Panel - Air Conditioning Outside air flows through the air conditioning system and then through the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 123
    ... window demist outlets. Use this mode with maximum fan and temperature settings for best windshield and...and a second time to turn them off. A light above the button shows that the defroster is on. NOTE:...window demister outlet is at each end of the instrument panel. These non-adjustable outlets direct ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 124
    ... can be quickly removed by using the defrost position on the mode control. Your side windows may ...conditioned vehicles must be protected with a highquality antifreeze coolant to provide proper corrosion protection and ... for the first 10 minutes of operation. During engine warm up in cold weather, use ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 125
    UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 125 Operating Tips (Manual A/C Control Only) 4
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 126
    126 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL Outside Air Intake When operating the system during the winter months, make sure the air intake, directly in ...ice, slush, snow or other obstructions such as leaves. Leaves collected in the air-intake plenum may reduce air flow and plug the plenum water drains.
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 127
    ... ...130 ▫ Extreme Cold Weather (Below -20°F Or -29°C) ...131 ▫ If Engine Fails To Start ...132 ▫ After Starting ...132 Battery And Engine Block Heaters - If Equipped ...132 Automatic Transaxle ...133 ▫ Brake/Transmission Interlock ...133 ▫ Automatic ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 128
    128 STARTING AND OPERATING ▫ Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) - If Equipped ...141 Power Steering ...142 Traction Control - If Equipped ...153 ▫ Tire Spinning ...154 ▫ Tread Wear Indicators ...155 ▫ Replacement Tires ...155 ▫ Alignment And Balance ...156 Tire Chains...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 129
    ... ...166 ▫ E-85 General Information ...166 ▫ Ethanol Fuel (E-85) ...166 ▫ Fuel Requirements ...166 ▫ Selection Of Engine Oil ...167 ▫ Starting ...168 ▫ Cruising Range ...168 ▫ Replacement Parts ...169 ▫ Maintenance ...169 5
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 130
    ... your seat belts. Automatic Transaxle The gear selector must be in the NEUTRAL or PARK position before you can start the engine. Apply the brakes before shifting to any driving gear. Manual Transaxle Fully apply the parking brake, press the clutch ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 131
    ... fuel could enter the catalytic converter and once the engine has started, ignite and damage the converter and vehicle. If ... To insure reliable starting at these temperatures, use of an externally powered electric engine block heater and battery blanket heater package (available from your dealer) is ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 132
    ... HEATERS - If EQUIPPED The engine block heater warms engine coolant and permits quicker starts in cold weather. Connect the cord to a standard 110-115 volt AC electrical outlet with a grounded, three wire extension cord. The engine block heater cord is found under the hood near the air ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 133
    ...the gear selector out of the Park position unless the brake pedal is pressed. The system is active when the ignition switch is in the RUN position. WARNING! ...and apply the park brake. Once the key is removed from the ignition the transmission shift lever is locked in the Park position, securing the ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 134
    ... PARK, or NEUTRAL into any forward gear when the engine is above idle speed. • Before shifting ... into gear when the engine is idling normally and when your right foot is firmly on the brake pedal....cylinder to warn you that this safety feature is inoperable. The engine can be started and stopped but ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 135
    ... Turn the Key to LOCK then restart the engine. Shift into D and resume driving. NOTE: ... Automatic Transaxle DO NOT race the engine when shifting from PARK or NEUTRAL positions into another gear... out of the "P" Park position. "P" Park Supplements parking by locking the transaxle. Engine can be...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 136
    ... will occur at a speed of about 34 to 30 mph (54 to 48 km/h). This is done to provide second gear engine braking at speeds less than 30 mph (48 km/h). WARNING!... into this range only after the vehicle has come to a complete stop. "N" Neutral Engine may be started in this range.
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 137
    ... brake system distress. "L" Low This range should be used for maximum engine braking when descending steep grades. In this range, up shifts will occur only to prevent engine over speed while down shifts occur as early as possible. MANUAL TRANSAXLE NOTE: The parking ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 138
    ... may be used as indicated. MANUAL TRANSAXLE RECOMMENDED SHIFT SPEEDS ENGINE MINIMUM ACCELERATION SHIFT SIZE SPEEDS 1 to 2 2 to 3 3 to 4 4 to 5 2.7L 15 mph 25 ..., you could damage the engine, transmission, or clutch. To maintain a safe speed and prolong brake life, shift down...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 139
    STARTING AND OPERATING 139 PARKING BRAKE When the parking brake is applied with the ignition on, the brake light in the instrument cluster will come on. NOTE: This light only shows that the parking brake is on. It does not show the degree of...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 140
    ..., other controls, or move the vehicle. • Be sure the parking brake is fully disengaged before driving... reason (for example, repeated brake applications with the engine off), the brakes will still function. The effort... can lead to brake failure and possibly an accident. Driving with your foot resting...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 141
    STARTING AND OPERATING 141 Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) — If Equipped The ABS ...€ the brakes during severe braking conditions to prevent wheel lock-up. All vehicle wheels and tires ...of the brake pedal will diminish the effectiveness of Anti-lock brakes and may lead to an accident. Pumping makes the...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 142
    ... maintains traction at the driving (front) wheels. The system reduces wheel slip by engaging the brake on the wheel ... Control switch has been used to turn the system off; • There is an Anti-Lock Brake .... After cooling, the system will automatically reactivate and turn off the Traction Control Light....
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 143
    ...beginning with the section width. The letter P is absent from this tire size designation. Example: 215/65R15 96H • LT(Light Truck)-Metric tire sizing is based on U.S. design standards.... "LT" that are molded into the sidewall preceding the size designation. Example: LT235/85R16. • Temporary...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 144
    ... Designation: P = Passenger car tire size based on U.S. design standards ...blank...= Passenger car... based on European design standards LT = Light Truck tire based on U.S. design standards.... 10.5 = Section Width in Inches (in) R = Construction Code - R means Radial Construction. - D means Diagonal...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 145
    STARTING AND OPERATING 145 EXAMPLE: Service Description: 95 = Load Index -A numerical code associated with the maximum load a tire can carry. ...) Tire Extra Load (XL) = Extra Load (or Reinforced) Tire Light Load = Light Load Tire C,D,E = Load range associated with the maximum ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 146
    ... with white sidewalls will have the full TIN including date code located on the white sidewall side of the tire. Look for... safety standards, and is approved for highway use. MA = Code representing the tire manufacturing location.(2 digits) L9 = Code representing the tire size.(2 digits) ABCD = Code ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 147
    ...the total weight your vehicle can carry 3) the tire size designed for your vehicle 4) the cold tire inflation pressures.... Loading The vehicle maximum load on the tire must not exceed the load carrying capacity of the tire on your vehicle. You will not exceed the tire's load carrying capacity if you
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 148
    148 STARTING AND OPERATING adhere to the loading conditions, tire size and cold tire inflation pressures specified on the Tire ... your vehicle with varying seating configurations and number and size of occupants. This table is for illustration purposes only and may not be accurate for the seating and...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 149
    STARTING AND OPERATING 149 NOTE: For the following example the combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed 865 lbs. (392 Kg). 5
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 150
    ... results in tire failure. • Unequal tire pressures can cause steering problems. You could lose control of your vehicle. • Over inflated or ...other can cause the vehicle to drift to the right or left. Always drive with each tire inflated to the recommended cold tire inflation ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 151
    ... pressure for passenger cars is listed on either the face of the driver's door or the driver's side "B" pillar. For vehicles other than ... will be found in the "Supplemental Tire Pressure Information" section of this manual. 5 "B" PILLAR The pressure should be checked and adjusted as...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 152
    ...defined as the tire pressure after the vehicle has not been driven for at least 3 hours, or driven ...kPa) per 12° F (7° C) of air temperature change. Keep this in mind when checking tire pressure ...Pressures for High Speed Operation The manufacturer advocates driving at safe speeds within posted speed...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 153
    .... You could have a serious accident. Don't drive a vehicle loaded to the maximum capacity at continuous speeds ... spare is for temporary emergency use with radial tires. It is engineered to be used on your style vehicle only. ... for emergency use only. With these tires, do not drive more than 50 mph (...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 154
    154 STARTING AND OPERATING Do not install a wheel cover or attempt to mount a conventional tire on the compact spare wheel, since the wheel is ... Freeing A Stuck Vehicle in Section 6 of this manual. CAUTION! Because of the reduced ground clearance, do not take your vehicle through ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 155
    ... recommends that you use tires equivalent to the originals in size, quality and performance when replacement is needed (see the paragraph on tread wear ... to the Tire and Loading Information placard for the size designation of your tire. The service description and load identification will be found on...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 156
    ... AND OPERATING WARNING! • Do not use a tire, wheel size or rating other than that... and performance characteristics, resulting in changes to steering, handling, and braking of your vehicle. This can ... and loss of vehicle control. CAUTION! Replacing original tires with tires of a different size may ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 157
    ... at different loads and perform different steering, driving and braking functions. For these reasons, they wear at unequal rates, and tend to develop irregular .... If you need snow tires, select tires equivalent in size and type to the original equipment tires. Use snow ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 158
    ... manual gear shifting capability to provide you with more control. Autostick allows you to maximize engine braking, eliminate undesirable upshifts and downshifts, and ... conditions, mountain driving, trailer towing, and many other situations. Autostick Operation The Autostick position is ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 159
    ...second gear and from second to third gear when engine speed reaches about 6300 RPM. • Downshifts ..., simply move the autostick lever to the AUTOSTICK position. The transaxle will remain in the current gear until ... of third gear turns off speed control. • If the system detects powertrain overheating...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 160
    ..., may result in poorer performance. Light spark knock at low engine speeds is not harmful to your engine. However... your dealer immediately. Engine damage resulting from operating with a heavy spark knock may not be covered by the new vehicle warranty. Poor quality gasoline can cause problems such as...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 161
    ... may result in starting and driveability problems and may damage critical fuel system components. Problems that result from using methanol/gasoline blends are not the responsibility of the manufacturer ... meeting Federal specifications, but emission control system performance may be adversely affected...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 162
    ... unleaded gasoline having lower sulfur to determine if the problem is fuel related prior to returning your vehicle to an authorized dealer for service. ADDING... vehicle. CAUTION! If the Malfunction Indicator Light is flashing, immediate service is required. See the On Board Diagnostics ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 163
    ...This is an indication that the gas cap is properly tightened. The Malfunction Indicator Light will come on if the gas cap is not properly secured. Make sure ... or the tank filled. • Never add fuel to the vehicle when the engine is running. • A fire may result if gasoline is pumped ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 164
    ... coverage, follow the requirements and recommendations in this manual concerning vehicles used for trailer towing. Perform maintenance services as prescribed in the maintenance schedules manual. When your vehicle is used for trailer towing, never exceed ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 165
    ... operation. See Schedule "B" in section 8 of this manual for transaxle fluid change intervals. NOTE: Check the ...system and cause it to fail. You might not have brakes when you need them and could ... you pull a trailer, regardless of the trailer size, stop lights and turn signals on the trailer are ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 166
    ...STARTING AND OPERATING FLEXIBLE FUEL - (2.7L Engines with Automatic Transmission Only) E-85 General ...filler door label that states Ethanol (E-85) or Unleaded Gasoline Only. This section only covers those subjects that are unique to these vehicles. Please refer to the other sections of this manual ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 167
    ...even if the above recommendations are followed. Selection of Engine Oil For best performance and protection ...). We only recommend API Certified engine oils that meet the requirements of DaimlerChrysler's Material ... against the addition of any additives (other than leak detection dyes) to engine oil....
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 168
    ... Fuel (FFV) or Alternate Fuel (AFV). These engine oils may be satisfactory if they meet the Manufacturer’s Standard. The 5W-30 engine oil installed at the factory meets the manufacturerମ. experience an increase in the time it takes for your engine to start, and a deterioration in drivability (sags ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 169
    STARTING AND OPERATING 169 Replacement Parts Many components in your Flexible Fuel .... Always be sure that your vehicle is serviced with correct ethanol compatible parts. Maintenance If you ..., follow Schedule B in the maintenance schedule section of this manual. CAUTION! Do not use ethanol mixture ...
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  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 171
    WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES CONTENTS Hazard Warning Flasher ...172 If Your Engine Overheats ...172 Jacking And Tire Changing ...174 ▫ Preparations For Jacking ...174 Jump-Starting The Battery ...179 Driving On Slippery Surfaces ...182 ▫ ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 172
    ... may wear down your battery. IF YOUR ENGINE OVERHEATS In any of the following situations, you can reduce ...stopped, put transaxle in neutral, but do not increase engine idle speed. NOTE: There are steps...on, turn it off. The air conditioning system adds heat to the engine cooling system and turning off ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 173
    ... the heater core to act as a supplement to the radiator and aids in removing heat from the engine cooling system. WARNING! A hot engine cooling system is dangerous. You... drops back into the normal range. If the pointer remains on the "H", turn the engine off immediately, and call for service. 6
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 174
    ... park (automatic transmission) or reverse (manual transmission). • Set parking brake and turn off engine. • Passengers should not remain in the vehicle... get any part of your body under a vehicle that is on a jack. Never start or run the engine while the vehicle is on a...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 175
    WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 175 1. Block wheel diagonally opposite flat tire. 2. Remove the spare tire, scissors jack and lug wrench from stowage. 6
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 176
    ... use lug wrench to carefully pry off wheel cover (if equipped with steel wheels) or center cap (if equipped with aluminum wheels). Loosen, but do not remove, the wheel nuts by turning them ...To avoid possible personal injury, handle the wheel covers with care to avoid contact with the metal edges and ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 177
    WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 177 6
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 178
    ... stow the jack parts and the spare tire in the places provided. 12. Wheel cover installation (if required). Do not attempt to install a wheel cover on a compact spare. Align ...13. Adjust the tire pressure as soon as possible. Correct pressure is on the label located on the driver's door....
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 179
    ...enter the catalytic converter and once the engine has started, ignite and damage the converter ...raised. It can start anytime the ignition switch is on. You can be hurt by the fan. NOTE: The battery ... wheel. Remote battery terminals are located in the engine compartment for jump starting. 1. Wear eye ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 180
    180 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES WARNING! Do not permit vehicles to touch each other ... before attempting to jump start. 6. Start the engine in the vehicle that has the booster battery, let ... idle a few minutes, then start the engine in the vehicle with the discharged battery. 7. When removing the jumper...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 181
    ...or of immobilized vehicle. WARNING! Battery fluid is a corrosive acid solution; do not allow battery fluid to contact eyes, skin or clothing. Don't ...which is flammable and explosive. Keep flame or spark away from the battery. Do not use a booster battery or any other booster source with an output ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 182
    182 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES DRIVING ON SLIPPERY SURFACES Acceleration Rapid acceleration on snow covered, wet, or other slippery surfaces ...traction under the front (driving) wheels, particularly with high output engines. Traction When driving on wet or slushy roads, it is possible for a wedge of ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 183
    ... STUCK VEHICLE If your vehicle is equipped with Traction Control, turn the system off before attempting to "...towing method. If a flat bed towing vehicle is not available, a wheel lift towing vehicle may ...and air dam may result. 6 CAUTION! Racing the engine or spinning the wheels too fast may lead ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 184
    ... not exceed 25 mph (40 km/h). If the transaxle is not operative, or if the vehicle is to be towed more than 15 miles ... If the vehicle being towed requires steering, the ignition switch must be in the OFF position, not in the LOCK or ACCESSORY positions. If it is necessary to use the accessories while...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 185
    MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE CONTENTS 2.4L Engine ...187 2.7L Engine ...188 Onboard Diagnostic System - OBD II ...... Inspection And Maintenance Programs ...190 Replacement Parts ...191 Dealer Service ...191 Maintenance Procedures ...192 ▫ Engine Oil ...192 ▫ Crankcase Emission Control System ...198 ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 186
    ......219 ▫ Interior Fuses ...219 Replacement Light Bulbs ...221 Bulb Replacement ...222 ▫ Headlight ... Turn Signal, Sidemarker Bulb Replacement ...224 ▫ Fog Light Bulb Replacement ...225 ▫ Center ...226 ▫ Rear Light Bulb Replacement ...226 ▫ License Plate Bulb Replacement ...227 ▫ Headlight ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 187
    MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 187 2.4L ENGINE 7
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 188
    188 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 2.7L ENGINE
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 189
    ... performance and fuel economy, as well as engine emissions well within current government ... Light." It will also store diagnostic codes and other information to assist your service ... If the "Malfunction Indicator Light" is flashing while the engine is running, severe catalytic converter damage ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 190
    ... following: 1. Insert your ignition key into the ignition switch. 2. Turn the ignition to the ON position, but do not crank or start the engine. 3. If you crank or start the engine, you will have to start this test over. 4. As soon as you turn your key to ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 191
    ... or had a battery failure or replacement, you may need to do nothing more than drive your vehicle as you ... serviced before going to the I/M station. The I/M station can fail your vehicle because the MIL symbol is on with the engine running. REPLACEMENT PARTS Use of genuine Mopar parts for normal/...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 192
    ... PROCEDURES The pages that follow contain the required maintenance services determined by the engineers who designed your vehicle. Besides the maintenance items .... These items should be inspected if a malfunction is observed or suspected. Engine Oil Checking Oil Level To assure proper lubrication of...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 193
    ... If ANY of these apply to you then change your engine oil every 3,000 miles (5 ... Maintenance Schedules section of this manual. If none of these apply to you, then change your engine oil ...of oil pressure. This could damage your engine. Change Engine Oil Road conditions and your kind of driving affects ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 194
    ... MS6395. American Petroleum Institute (API) Engine Oil Identification Symbol This symbol means ...API). We only recommend API Certified engine oils that meet the requirements of DaimlerChrysler's Material ... and be within the operating temperature shown in the engine oil viscosity chart. Flexible Fuel...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 195
    ...of used engine oil from your vehicle. Used oil, indiscriminately discarded, can present a problem to... engine oil filter should be replaced at every engine oil change. Engine Oil Filter Selection... standard. Follow the service schedule that describes your driving type. Materials Added To Engine Oils The...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 196
    ... plug. Check the specifications section for the proper type of spark plug for use in your vehicle. Engine Air Cleaner Filter Under normal driving conditions, replace the air filter at the intervals shown on Schedule "A". If, ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 197
    ... maintenance. However, it is important to keep the engine properly serviced to assure proper catalyst operation ... coming into contact with your exhaust system. Do not park or operate your ... the vehicle, turn off the engine and allow it to cool. Service, to the manufacturer's specifications, should ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 198
    ... MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE • Do not idle the engine with any spark plug wires disconnected for prolonged period. Engine Timing Belt Replace the engine timing belt (2.4L Only) at the intervals described in the appropriate maintenance schedule....
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 199
    ...€™t allow cable clamps to touch each other. CAUTION! It is essential when replacing the cables on the battery that the positive cable is attached to the positive... cable is attached to the negative post. Battery posts are marked positive (+) and negative (-) and identified on the battery case. Cable ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 200
    ... Check Checking the power steering fluid level at a defined service interval is not required. The fluid should only be checked if a leak is suspected, .... WARNING! Fluid level should be checked on a level surface and with the engine off to prevent injury from moving parts and to ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 201
    MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 201 Body Mechanism Lubrication Locks and all body pivot points, including such items as seat tracks, doors,liftgate and hood... whenever under vehicle service is done. If the seals are damaged, the ball joint should be replaced. The external lock cylinders...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 202
    ..., if necessary, all pivot and sliding contact areas of these components should be lubricated with the lubricant specified as follows: Engine Oil • Door hinges • Hood hinges • Trunk hinges Smooth White Body Lubricant - Such as Mopar Spray White ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 203
    ... of contact with petroleum products such as engine oil, gasoline, etc. Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement • Lift the wiper arm ... onto the wiper arm tip until it locks in place. Windshield Washers The fluid reservoir in the engine compartment should be checked for fluid level at regular intervals. ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 204
    .... Exhaust System The best protection against carbon monoxide entry into the vehicle body is a properly maintained engine exhaust system. If you notice a change in the sound of the exhaust system; or if exhaust fumes can be detected inside...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 205
    ... fan, disconnect the fan motor lead or turn the ignition key to the OFF position. The fan is controlled by both the temperature of the engine cooling system and the pressure in the air conditioning system and can start at any time the ignition key is...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 206
    ...000 miles (160,000 km), whichever comes first. The coolant should be flushed and changed every two years or 36,000 miles (... type. CAUTION! Failure to use the proper antifreeze could cause radiator plugging and engine overheating. Do not mix antifreeze brands or use plain water alone or alcohol base ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 207
    ...and/or damage to your vehicle. Disposal Of Used Engine Coolant Used ethylene glycol based ...not store ethylene glycol based engine coolant in open containers or allow it to remain in puddles ...provides a quick visual method for determining that the coolant level is adequate. With the engine off and cold...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 208
    ... the radiator cap unless checking for coolant freeze point, adding, or replacing coolant. Advise your service attendant of this. As long as the engine operating temperature is satisfactory, the coolant bottle need only be checked once a month. ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 209
    ...Pay particular attention to those hoses nearest to high heat sources such as the exhaust manifold. Inspect hose routing to be sure hoses do not touch any heat source or... should be made to examining those hose surfaces nearest to high heat sources, such as the exhaust manifold. 7
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 210
    ... is replaced based on leakage. NOTE: Inspection of brake hoses should be done whenever the brake system is serviced and every engine oil change. Master Cylinder The fluid level in the master cylinder should be checked when performing under ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 211
    ... 211 Use only manufacturer's recommended brake fluid, refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct fluid type. Do not ... brake fluid reservoir can result in spilling brake fluid on hot engine parts and the brake fluid catching fire. Use only brake fluid that has been in a ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 212
    ... must be used: • The vehicle must be on level ground. • The engine should be running at curb idle speed ...Fully apply parking brake. • Place the gear selector momentarily in each gear position ending ...fluid and filter changes. Refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 213
    ... Every 60,000 miles (96 000 km) change fluid and filter under the following conditions: ... for any reason, the fluid and filter should be changed. Special Additives The manufacturer recommends against the ... cap is seated properly. Fluid and Filter Changes Automatic transmission fluid and filter should ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 214
    ... fluid should be used. The fill plug for the NV-T850 is located on the aluminum rear end cover. point not more than 4.0 mm ... with water, the fluid should be changed immediately. Appearance Care And Protection From Corrosion Protection of Body and Paint from Corrosion Vehicle body care requirements ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 215
    ...you drive on salted or dusty roads or if you drive near the ocean, hose off the undercarriage at least once a month. • It is important that the drain holes in the lower edges of the doors, rocker panels and rear deck lid be kept clear and open. 7
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 216
    .... Your dealer has touch up paint to match the color of your vehicle. • If your vehicle is damaged due ... select a non abrasive, non acidic cleaner. Do not use scouring pads or metal polishes. Avoid ... are well packaged and sealed. • If a lot of driving is done on gravel roads, consider mud or stone ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 217
    ... surface. Higher gloss levels will increase the reflectivity in the windshield that could decrease visibility under bright light driving conditions. Leather Seat Care and Cleaning... less susceptible to stone breakage than glass headlights. WARNING! Do not use volatile solvents for ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 218
    .... To minimize the possibility of scratching the lenses and reducing light output, avoid wiping with a dry cloth. To remove ... which may scratch the elements. Instrument Panel Cover The instrument panel cover has a low glare surface which minimizes reflections in the windshield. Do not use protectants ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 219
    ... Fuses (Power Distribution Center) A Power Distribution Center is located in the engine compartment; near the air cleaner. This information applies to vehicles ... Center Top Cover. Interior Fuses 7 The fuse access panel is behind the end cover at the left side of the instrument panel. To remove the...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 220
    ... Light Module (Canada), Power Windows, Anti-lock Brake System Module 5 10 Amp Red Power Door Lock and Door Lock Arm/Disarm Switches,... 20 Amp C/BRKR 30 Amp C/BRKR Circuit Power Door Lock Motors (Body Control Module) Daytime Running Light Module (Canada) Instrument Cluster, Transmission Control, Park/...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 221
    ...fuse continues to blow, it shows a problem in the circuit that must be corrected. REPLACEMENT LIGHT BULBS LIGHT BULBS - Interior Bulb Number ABS Lamp ...PC 161...Control Light ...37 Traction Control Light ...PC161 LIGHT BULBS - Exterior Bulb Number Headlight ...9007 Park/Turn Signal...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 222
    222 MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE BULB REPLACEMENT Headlight Bulb Replacement 1. Open the hood and remove the two headlight mounting screws. 2. Remove the push-in fasteners by prying under the head of the fasteners with a flat bladed tool.
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 223
    ...will free the ball stud from its retainer in the fender. Pull the headlight assembly away from the vehicle. 5. Pull the bulb out of the socket and replace the bulb. 7...and remove the bulb and socket assembly. Do not touch the new bulb with your fingers. Oil contamination will severely ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 224
    ...secure the bulb. 8. Reinstall the headlight assembly. Park, Turn Signal, Sidemarker Bulb Replacement 1. Open the hood and remove the two headlight assembly mounting screws... the bulb out of the socket, replace the bulb, and reinstall the bulb and socket to the headlight assembly. Reinstall ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 225
    MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE 225 Fog Light Bulb Replacement 1. Remove the screw securing the... Pull the light assembly away from the vehicle to expose the bulb and socket assembly. 3. Disconnect the wiring connector... new bulb and socket assembly, reattach the wiring connector, and reinstall the fog light ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 226
    ... bulb and socket assembly. Rear Light Bulb Replacement 1. Open the trunk and pull the... away to expose the wiring connector and light housing plastic retainers. 3. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise...then reinstall the bulb and socket assembly. 4. Reinstall the light housing and reconnect the wiring ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 227
    ...be found at the back of this Owner's Manual. FLUIDS AND CAPACITIES U.S. Fuel (Approximate) 2.4 Liter Engine (87 Octane)... qts. Cooling System * 2.4 Liter Engines* (Mopar 8 qts. Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/ 100,000 Mile Formula) 2.7 Liter Engines (Mopar 9.5 qts. Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/ 100,000 Mile...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 228
    ...FLUIDS, LUBRICANTS AND GENUINE PARTS Engine Component Engine Coolant Engine Oil Fluid, Lubricant, or Genuine Part Mopar Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000 ... Technology) Use API Certified GF-3 engine oil. SAE 5W-30 is recommended..... 87 Octane Spark Plugs Oil Filter (2.4L Engine) Oil Filter (2.7L ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 229
    ... YOUR VEHICLE 229 Chassis Component Automatic Transmission Manual Transmission Brake Master Cylinder Power Steering Reservoir Steering Gear & Linkage, Ball Joints, Prop... Fluid. Mopar ATF+4 Automatic Transmission Fluid. Mopar Brake Fluid DOT 3 Motor Vehicle. Mopar ATF+4 ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 230
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 231
    MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES CONTENTS Emission Control System Maintenance ...232 Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) For 2.4L - If Equipped ...232 Maintenance Schedules ...233 ▫ Schedule "B" ...236 M A I N T E N A N C E S ▫ Schedule "A" ...246 C H E D U L E S 8
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 232
    ... or mileages specified to assure the continued proper functioning of the emission control system. These, and all other maintenance services included in this manual, should be done to provide best vehicle performance and reliability. More frequent ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 233
    ...are below 32° F (0° C). • Stop and go driving. • Extensive engine idling. • Driving in dusty conditions. • Short trips of less than 10 ... fuel. NOTE: If ANY of these apply to you then change your engine oil every 3,000 miles (5,000 km) or 3 months, whichever comes first and follow schedule B...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 234
    .... NOTE: Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 6 months or 6,000 miles, whichever comes first. At Each Stop for Fuel • Check the engine oil level about 5 minutes after a fully warmed engine is shut off. Checking the oil level while the vehicle is on level ground will ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 235
    ... Check rubber seals on each side of the radiator for proper fit. At Each Oil Change • Change the engine oil filter. • Inspect the exhaust system. • Inspect the brake linings, hoses and calipers. • Inspect the CV joints and front and rear ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 236
    ... below 32° F (0° C). • Stop and go driving. • Extensive engine idling. • Driving in dusty conditions. • Short trips of less than 10 ...) fuel. NOTE: If ANY of these apply to you then change your engine oil every 3,000 miles (5 000 km) or 3 months, whichever comes first and follow schedule "...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 237
    SCHEDULE "B" 237 M Miles (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if necessary.* Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes. 3,000 (5 000) X X 6,000 (10 ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 238
    ... 238 SCHEDULE "B" A I N Miles T (Kilometers) E N Change engine oil and engine oil filter. A Inspect the ... belt (2.4 Liter Engine). Adjust or replace if required. Inspect the front and rear brake pads,.... Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV valve. * Replace the spark plugs on 2.4 liter engine. ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 239
    SCHEDULE "B" 239 M Miles (Kilometers) Change engine oil and engine oil filter. Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if necessary.* Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes. 39,000 (62 000) X X 42,000 (...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 240
    ...power steering belt (2.4 Liter Engine). Adjust or replace if required. Inspect the front and rear brake pads, .... ** Replace the accessory drive belts on the 2.7 liter engine. Replace the spark plugs on the 2.4 liter engine. ** Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV valve. *‡ Change the automatic ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 241
    .... * Inspect and check tension for power steering belt (2.4 Liter Engine). Adjust or replace if required. Replace the engine timing belt on 2.4 liter engine. Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes. Replace the...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 242
    ... 2.4 liter engine. *** Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes. Flush and replace the engine coolant. Replace the spark plugs on the 2.7 liter engine. Check and retension accessory drive belts on 2.7 liter...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 243
    ...the 2.4 liter engine. ** Replace the ignition cables on the 2.4 liter engine. ** Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums...accessory drive belts on 2.7 liter engine. Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV valve. * Change the automatic transmission fluid ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 244
    M 244 SCHEDULE "B" A I N Miles T (Kilometers) E N Change engine oil and engine oil filter. A Inspect the air cleaner filter and replace if... X X X X X 141,000 (227 000) X X belt (2.4 Liter Engine). Adjust or replace if required. Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 245
    ... cleaner filter and replace if necessary.* Replace the air cleaner filter. * Replace the spark plugs on the 2.4 liter engine. ** Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes. Check and replace, if necessary, the...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 246
    ... (58 000) [36] X X necessary.* Replace the air cleaner filter. * Replace the spark plugs on 2.4 liter engine. ** Inspect the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes. Inspect and replace PCV valve if required. X...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 247
    ...the front and rear brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes. Replace the spark plugs on 2.4 liter engine. ** Flush and replace engine coolant at 60 months or 102,000 miles. Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV valve. *‡ Replace...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 248
    ..., if necessary, the PCV valve. *‡ Replace the engine timing belt on 2.4 liter engine.* Check and retension alternator drive belts on 2.7 liter engine.... engine. Replace the ignition cables on 2.4 liter engine. *** Replace the spark plugs on 2.4 liter engine. *** Flush and replace the engine coolant.
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 249
    ...108,000 (Kilometers) (174 000) [Months] [108] Change engine oil and engine oil filter. X Inspect the air cleaner filter ... plugs on 2.4 liter engine. ** Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV valve. *‡ Replace the accessory drive belts in 2.7 liter engine. Replace the ignition cables on 2.4 liter ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 250
    ...A" A I N Miles T (Kilometers) E N [Months] A Change engine oil and engine oil filter. N C Inspect... brake pads, linings, rotors, rear drums and shoes. Check and replace... necessary, the PCV valve. *‡ Replace the spark plugs on 2.4 liter engine. ** * This maintenance is recommended by the manufacture...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 251
    IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE CONTENTS Suggestions For Obtaining Service For Your Vehicle ...252 ▫ Prepare For The Appointment ...252 ▫ Prepare A List ...... ...252 If You Need Assistance ...252 Warranty Information ...254 Mopar Parts ...256 Reporting Safety Defects ...256 ▫ In Canada ...256 ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 252
    ... folder. All work to be performed may not be covered by the warranty, discuss additional charges with the service manager. Keep a maintenance log of your vehicle's service history. This can often provide a clue to the current problem. Prepare A List Make a written list of your vehicle's ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 253
    ... CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 253 This is why you should always talk to your dealer's service manager first. Most matters can be resolved with this process. • If for some reason you are still not satisfied, talk to the general manager or owner of the dealership. They want to ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 254
    254 IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE Service Contract You may have purchased a ... stand behind any service contract that is not the manufacturer's Service Contract. It is not responsible for any ... Contract. If you purchased a service contract that is not a manufacturer's Service Contract, and you ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 255
    IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 255 9
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 256
    ... However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, and the... safety defect, you should contact the Customer Service Department immediately. Canadian customers who wish to... 3V9. PUBLICATION ORDER FORMS To order the following manuals, you may use either the website or...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 257
    ...Service Manuals. These comprehensive service manuals provide the information that students and professional technicians need in diagnosing/troubleshooting, problem solving, maintaining, servicing and repairing DaimlerChrysler Corporation vehicles. A complete...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 258
    ..., and may depart significantly from the norm due to variations in driving habits, service practices and differences in road characteristics and ... have poor traction performance. WARNING! The traction grade is based on braking (straightahead) traction tests and does not include cornering (turning) ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 259
    ... generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can ... or excessive loading, either separately or in combination, can cause heat buildup and possible tire failure. 9
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 260
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 261
    INDEX 10
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 262
    262 INDEX About Your Brakes ...140 Adding Engine Coolant (Antifreeze) ...206 Adding Fuel ...162 Aiming Headlights ...227 Air Cleaner, Engine ... Vehicle ...7 Antifreeze Disposal ...207 Antifreeze (Engine Coolant) ...206 Capacities ...227 Anti-Lock Brake System ...141 Anti-Lock...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 263
    ... Belts, Drive ...196 Belts, Engine ...198 Body Mechanism Lubrication ...201 B-Pillar Location ...147 Brake, Parking ...139 Brake ... Interlock ...133,135 Break-In Recommendations, New Vehicle ...48 Bulbs, Light ...221 Capacities, Antifreeze (Engine Coolant) Capacities, Fluid ...Car Washes ...Carpeting ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 264
    ...189 Dimmer Control ...61 Dimmer Switch, Headlight ...64 Dipsticks Automatic Transaxle ...212 Disposal Antifreeze ...207 Engine Oil ...195 Door Ajar Warning ...17 Door Locks, Automatic ...17 Door Opener, Garage ...70 Drive Belts ...196 Driving On Slippery...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 265
    ... Belt ...198 Engine Oil Viscosity ...194,227 Engine Oil Viscosity Chart ...194 Entry System, Illuminated ...15 Exhaust Gas Caution ...204 Exhaust System ...204 Exterior Light Service ...222 Filters Air Cleaner ...196 Automatic Transaxle ...213 Engine Fuel ...196 Engine Oil ...195 Flashers ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 266
    ......85 Hoses ...211 Light ...90 Tank Capacity ...227 Fuses ...219 Garage Door Opener ...70 ... ...172 Head Restraints ...58 Headlights ...222 Aiming ...227 Bulb Replacement ...222 Cleaning ...217...Instrument Cluster ...84 Instrument Panel and Controls ...83 Instrument Panel Cover ...218 Instrument Panel ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 267
    ...14 13 12 19 11 33 ...26 ...44 ...27 ...50 ...61 37,49,85 Anti-Lock ...88 Brake Warning ...89,139 Bulb Replacement ...221 Check Engine ...86 Daytime Running ...63 Dimmer Switch, Headlight ...63,64 Exterior Check ...50 Fog ...64,87,225 Front Replacement ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 268
    ...,222 Service Engine Soon ...86 Theft Alarm ...90 Turn Signal ...64,86,224 Voltage ... B ...236 Malfunction Indicator Light ...86,190 Manual, Service ...256 Manual Transaxle ...137,184 Mirrors ...55 Electric Remote ... ...88 Trip ...88 Oil, Engine ...192,227 Capacity ...227 Change Interval ...193 Checking ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 269
    ...Synthetic ...195 Onboard Diagnostic System ...189,190 Opener, Garage Door ...70 Overheating, Engine ...172 Owner's Manual ...256 Paint Care ...214 Paint ... Placard, Tire and Loading Information ...147 Power Brakes ...140 Door Locks ...15 Outlet ...77 Seats ...58 Steering...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 270
    ... Folding ...59 Reclining ...57 Security Alarm ...22 Sentry Key ...11,13 Service Assistance ...252 Service Contract ...254 Service Engine Soon Light ...86 Service Manuals ...256 Setting the Clock ...94 Shoulder Belt Upper Anchorage ...30 Side...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 271
    ... 271 Speedometer ...86 Starting ...130 Cold Weather ...131 Engine Fails to Start ...132 Steering Power ...142,200 ... ...75 Supplemental Restraint System - Airbag ...33 Synthetic Engine Oil ...195 Tachometer ...86 Tape Player ...117 Temperature Gauge, Engine Coolant ...87,173 Theft Alarm ...22 Theft ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 272
    ... Indicator ...87 Transmission ...See Transaxle Transmitter Battery Service ...22 Transmitter, Garage Door Opener ...70 Transmitter, Remote Keyless Entry ...19 ... ...7 Vehicle Theft Alarm ...22 Vinyl Trim ...216 Viscosity, Engine Oil ...194,227 Voltmeter ...86 Warning, Door Ajar ...17 Warning Flasher, ...
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus | Owner's Manual - Page 273
    INDEX 273 Wheel Alignment and Balance Wind Buffeting ...Window Airbag ...Windows Power ... ...156 ...25,77 ...33,38 ...25 Windshield Washers ...Windshield Wipers ...Wiper Blade Replacement Wipers, Intermittent ... ...65,203 ...65,203 ...203 ...66 10



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