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sprinkles08, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep master tech
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Dodge stratus: 2005 dodge stratus starter motor stay running

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2005 dodge stratus starter motor stay running with key off this is the 4 th starter starter drive is not stuck but motor runs can start the car and shut off starter motor still runs and there is no power at the ignition side so I don't know why the dater motor is still running could it be ignition switch and cylinder????
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.
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If you can remove the small wire from the solenoid on the starter and it stays engaged then the problem has to be mechanical or a failure in the starter. It's possible that there could be a flexplate or starter mounting issue that's causing an alignment problem and the dive gear can't retract, but that's not really likely enough to consider.
Almost surely the contacts in the solenoid are sticking. This can be a part quality issue and if you're installing reman starters then it isn't unlikely you got multiple bad ones in a row, but it could be an issue on the car.
If the problem is on the vehicle then the root cause is low voltage available to the starter. Low voltage will cause the contacts in the solenoid to arc as they start to come into contact. This arc will weld the contacts together and keep the starter powered up after power is removed from the small solenoid wire.
This could be a low battery or voltage drop in one of the cables. Voltage drop between the battery and jump start posts, the engine ground, or starter positive cable can cause what you're having.