Hi, and welcome to Just Answer,
I have a couple of quick questions. The first is what size engine is in your stratus? The second is have you done a compression test and if so what were the results?
Looking forward to hearing from you!
The dowel pin needs to be at either 6 o'clock (bottom) or 12 o'clock (top) and I'm drawing a blank... Just have a look at the cam gear, one side is stamped 2.4 with an arrow that faces up.. Hold it in place and it will show you if the pin needs to be on the top or the bottom.
When putting it back together and timing it, make sure that the mark is aligned on the crank to the mark on the oil pump housing, and all 4 camshaft marks are in a perfect straight line across (use a straightedge), and the arrows are up on the gears before tightening the head down or timing..
A lot of guys get into trouble timing 2.4's because they only line the two marks in the middle up, but don't look at the outside marks... all 4 should be in a straight line from each other.