How to Diagnose Your Dodge Stratus Mirrors
You know that a good driver can avoid accidents by being aware of everything that's going on around his or her vehicle. This is why you've adjusted your Dodge Stratus mirrors to eliminate your blind spots. But, this enhancement of your ability to see will not be very helpful if your electrically powered side and rear-view mirrors malfunction. You'll need to find out what's wrong by diagnosing each one of your Dodge Stratus mirrors.
It can be such a hassle to adjust your side mirrors manually when you should just be pressing a few buttons. To discover out what's causing this inconvenience, you can begin by checking the power mirror fuse located inside your fuse box. Just connect a test light's pointed end to the fuse' bare spot and see if the light comes on. If it doesn't come on, then you'll need to replace your fuse at once. But, if the light does come on, then the damage to your motor-powered side mirrors lies elsewhere.
Unfortunately, finding out which component of your side mirror's circuit has actually malfunctioned will involve taking your Dodge Stratus to your nearest service center. The folks there will have the right tools and years of experience in diagnosing and repairing the side mirrors' power motors, switches, and wiring if any of these components at fault.
It can be annoying when the driver behind you decides to shine all his vehicle's lights. Luckily, Dodge has equipped your Stratus with a rear-view mirror that automatically becomes darker when it senses the glare of a bright light. However, this feature can stop working because of a variety of reasons. Apart from failing with age, your rear-view mirror could have dirty or broken auto-dimming sensors. To find out what the real cause is, you can begin by cleaning the sensors at the back of the mirror. Remove any dirt and other materials that could block their ability to detect light. Afterwards, you can try shining a flashlight onto your sensors to see if your rear-view mirror becomes dimmer. If it doesn't, then you've got a faulty sensor on your hands.
Other reasons why your rear-view mirror has failed to dim automatically include a shortage in the wiring harness or a loose connection. Turn on your mirror's time and temperature display to see if these functions are still working. If you can't see these displays as well, then you'll need to use a voltmeter to check the wiring for any fluctuations in the current. If you see any, you'll need to replace these components so that your rear-view mirror can continue to help prevent you from going blind while it also helps reduce your blind spots.