I would look at the trunk latch for a small lever that disables the remote release when you have the car valet parked. I'm not sure about Stratus, but many cars I have worked on have this feature. Have someone operate the lever in the car while you watch what the cable is doing at the latch. If that is the problem, you should be able to see it.
The trunk release for a Dodge Stratus is to the left of the drivers seat when sitting in the driving position on the floor of the car just inside the drivers door. Pull the lever and you are in.
Your trunk is open or the sensor for your trunk is broken
under the carpet in the trunk
It is located on the left side of the driver seat floorboard.The trunk release lever also functions as the keyless entry module if it is pushed down.
On my 2004, it's in the trunk under the carpet, with the spare tire.
The DECK caution light signifies that your trunk is open.
It means your trunk is not closed all the way
Unplug the wires going to the trunk latch.
Open the trunk. Access to the tail lights is from there.
In the trunk, under the spare tire cover.
Where is th ticking coming from?? The engine, the tires, the trunk????
Brake lights could stay on in a 1999 Dodge Stratus because of a short in the wiring. If the headlamps are off and the brake lights are still on, check the wiring for the brake lights that is inside the trunk. Sometimes cargo in the trunk can interfere with the lights.