04 Dodge Stratus SE 2.4 Extremely hard starting when cold. Fine once warmed up.


Asked by MyDodgeStrat04 Feb 17, 2019 at 02:25 AM about the 2004 Dodge Stratus SE Sedan FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 04 Stratus is EXTREMELY hard to start when cold, but idles fine once
started, and starts and idles fine once warmed up.  Tried changing every
sensor so far.  Checked all hoses, PCV Valve etc.  Kind of wondering if it's
sucking air in the intake manifold or something. (Kind of hear something that
sounds like an exhaust leak somewhere or maybe intake not sure).  Or
wondering if maybe there is a problem in the fuel pressure or air that gets in
the fuel rail or something and makes it hard to start when cold, but not sure if
the symptom fits.  I also tried the throttle position sensor and all that good

3 Answers


Get a water bottle and poke a hole in the top and when you first start the car, squirt down around the intake manifold. listen for hissing and for the engine rpm to change. As engines warm up metal will expand and seal up leaks

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Got a couple codes... P2074 - Manifold absolute pressure / mass air flow Throttle position correlation ( which might support my theory of a fuel pressure problem or intake leak? ) and P0172 - System too rich bank one

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