Diagnostic Steps for Common Dodge Stratus License Plate Bracket Problems
License plate brackets are important because of one reason: it is illegal to drive around without license plates. A Dodge Stratus license plate bracket is a reliable piece of equipment, as all Dodge parts are. However, it can still get damaged because of two things. Because it is located outside the vehicle, it is affected by elements and road debris. Rain, snow, flying rocks, and dirt are some of the factors that can compromise the bracket. The second reason is that it is usually made of plastic, and even a fender bender can damage it severely. Here are the most common license plate bracket problems and how to diagnose and troubleshoot them:
Lights inside the bracket won't light up
There are certain Dodge license plate brackets that have lights to illuminate the license plate. These lights are most useful when you are driving on a dark road and allow a traffic enforcer to make out your plate number. They also allow you to add a customized look to your Dodge. When the lights inside the bracket don't turn on, check for wiring problems. Park your car and inspect the license plate bracket-it could have been damaged by the impact from road debris, which may have affected the bulbs inside. The heat contained inside the bracket might also be the culprit-it might have caused the bulbs to burn out. Check for a blown fuse under the hood as well.
Rattling noise coming from the front of the vehicle
When you hear a noise coming from the front of your Dodge, check the mounting bolts holding the license plate bracket in place. They may have come loose and are producing the rattling sounds. Furthermore, check if any of the retaining mechanisms are damaged or corroded. This might cause the mounting bolts to come loose and lose their grip on the license plate bracket.
If the bracket is held in place using clips, check how these clips fit on the front bumper. They should attach snugly to the bumper cover. Check for damage to these clips as well. They are usually made of plastic-when they warp and crack, they will not do a good job of holding the bracket in place.