P0505 is an OBDII code that deals with the idle air control system in the Dodge Stratus. It’s a generic code, which means that it has the same meaning for the Stratus as it would any other vehicle (Stratus or not).
P0505: Idle Air Control System: Malfunction
When P0505 is triggered, it is typically caused by a stuck idle air control valve, a clogged idle air control valve, or a vacuum leak. There can be other causes as well. Although, they aren’t as prevalent.
P0505 Symptoms: Dodge Stratus
This particular trouble code lets you know that there is something wrong with the idle air control system, but that’s about it. This means that the symptoms can vary.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of P0505:
- Service engine soon light
- Rough idle
- High idle speed
Stratus P0505 Causes
Typically, P0505 is going to be caused by either a vacuum leak, or a problem with the idle air control valve. While replacing the idle air control valve seems like a good idea, it’s worth your time to check for a vacuum leak first.
Idle Air Control Valve
The idle air control valve’s primary job is to regulate the idle speed of your engine. It does this by letting in just the right amount of air to get the idle speed where it needs to be.
The IAC valve can get either dirty or stuck. You may need a new one, or you may be able to get away with cleaning it. Here’s a great YouTube video on how to clean a idle air control valve.
If you determine that you need a new idle air control valve, they are relatively affordable.
While the idle air control valve is often the cause of P0505, it’s a great idea to start diagnosing it by looking for a vacuum leak. Inspect the vacuum tubes around the IAC. If they look cracked or dry rotted it may be time to replace.
Intake manifold leaks, and leaks around the throttle body can also code your Stratus to throw this code. Here’s a great article from Popular Mechanics on how to find a vacuum leak.
The IAC inlet area can get carbon buildup on it. Inspecting the area around the IAC for passages blocked with carbon can often fix the problem.
If the throttle body gets dirty enough, it can change the amount of air able to get into the engine. It can throw P0505. Often, when this is the case, you’ll feel the engine stall for a second before it recovers when slowing down.
This happens because the engine can’t adjust to this problem fast enough. Cleaning it around the throttle blades will solve the problem in this case (most of the time).
Good luck diagnosing P0505 in your Stratus. Most of the time it’s a vacuum leak or the idle air control valve. If you feel like there’s anything that you can add, please feel free to leave a comment below.