The mid-1990s was a period of renewal for all Chrysler vehicles, as Dodge, Plymouth, and Chrysler underwent complete overhauls of their lineup. One of those revisions was the introduction of the “JA” vehicle platform, which featured nearly identical triplets: Plymouth Breeze, Chrysler Cirrus, and Dodge Stratus. In 2001, the cleverly dubbed “Cloud Cars” were discontinued, leaving only the recently redesigned Stratus. The entry-level 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2001 Stratus requires a specific procedure when refilling the cooling system to purge all air pockets in the system.
Step 1: how to bleed a stratus radiator
Find the coolant bleed valve, a 1/4-inch metal valve attached to the engine block directly under the upper radiator hose. Press a 4-foot long, 1/4-inch ID clear plastic hose onto the bleed valve. Route the hose through the front of the engine to a drain pan.
step 2: how to bleed the cooling system
Open the bleed valve by turning it one turn counterclockwise with a combination wrench.
Step 3: how to bleed the cooling system
Unscrew the pressure cap from the cooling system, the cap at the end of the upper radiator hose, and remove it.
Step 4: how to bleed a pointer’s cooling system
Add 50-50 premixed ethylene glycol based green coolant through the filler neck where the pressure cap was installed until you see the coolant flow from the clear plastic hose into the drain pan.
Step 5: what happens if the radiator is not bled
Close the bleed valve by tightening it with a combination wrench and remove the clear plastic hose. Continue adding 50-50 premixed coolant until level reaches bottom of filler neck. Tighten the pressure cap on the filler neck.
Step 6: how to bleed air from the cooling system
Open the coolant recovery tank and add 50-50 premixed coolant to the tank until the coolant level reaches the “Max” mark on the tank.
Start the engine and let it idle until you hear the cooling fans come on, then turn the engine off. Let the engine cool until it feels cool to the touch, then recheck the coolant level in the coolant recovery tank. Add more coolant to the tank as needed. The 2.4-liter engine has a total capacity of 1.85 gallons, but the amount needed to recharge it can vary.
Warning: where is the stratus temperature sensor
- The refrigerant is very toxic. Keep small children and animals away from your work area and always store refrigerant in a safe place.
Items you will need
- Clear plastic hose, 4 feet long with a 1/4-inch inside diameter
- Drain pan
- Combination wrench set
- 2 gallons of 50-50 ethylene glycol premixed coolant (green)