The mid 1990s was a revamping period for all Chrysler vehicles, as Dodge, Plymouth and Chrysler underwent complete lineup overhauls. One of those overhauls was the introduction of the “JA” platform of vehicles, which included near-identical triplets: Plymouth Breeze, Chrysler Cirrus and Dodge Stratus. In 2001, the cleverly nicknamed “Cloud Cars” were discontinued, leaving only the newly redesigned Stratus. The 2001 Stratus base-level, 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine requires a specific procedure when refilling the cooling system to bleed out all of the air pockets in the system.
Things You’ll Need: Clear plastic hose, 4 feet long with 1/4-inch inside diameter, Drain pan, Combination wrench set, 2 gallons of 50-50 premixed ethylene-glycol-based (green) coolant