i have a 97 stratus 2.0 5spd. the check engine light has been on for a while. i hooked it up to the obdII thing at school and it said MUX CRUISE SW HI this is weird b/c i dont have cruise. any ideas???
The code 34 probem os probably being caused by the vaccum hose come off the engine to the I believe EGR valve. You will find this located on the back driver side of the engine. It seems they did not secure the valve and just let it hang off the hoses. I ended up securing it with a hose clamp and using a zip tie to secure the EGR valge to something. To clear the check engine light if you disconnect the negative battery terminal for 5 minutes and hook it back up after you fix the vaccum issue the light will go out.
As for the clunk, it is very likely the stabilizer bar end links. The dealer found it on mine after two years of rattles going over bumps.
You have a good car configuration, I have 350,000 plus miles on mine and it is still going.
The stabilizer bar should not affect the steering wheel. The part I replaced is just the end of the stabilizer bar that ties it into the suspension. As for what to check next, you should invest in a manual. I have a Haynes and it has procedures to check the diferent valves. You may also want to check and make sure the EGR valve hose coming off the engine is not plugged.
i checked the egr again and one of the hoses going to the engine has a chunk missing from it, i'm pretty sure thats what it is because my car is also saying CAT EFFIC LOW, i'll replace the hose and let you know. what could effect the wheel, i was thinking tie rod or end, but i dont know.
I am not sure what you are refering to when you say the steering wheel is bent. If it is off like it is twisted side to side or phisically bent chances are the car was in an accident. If the steering is not returning to the straight position to go straight that is an alignment issue. For the first problem a body shop may be able to help straighten it out but you need to use caution or you are risking triggering the air bag. For the second you should check around for a reliable alignment shop that offers a warranty. They are pretty good as they don't like to have to do the work twice, I have had good luck with Sears. They will be able to best tell you if you have any suspension part issues tie rod ends or ball joint issues also.