Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Detroit Lakes, MN
I apologize and hope i'm posting in the correct location.
I own a 2000 Intrepid 2.7 and I'm having an issue with getting my car to start. I'm not a real big car guy so I'll just give you what I know. Just trying to narrow down the issue.
- First night car would not start, figured it was due to the sub-zero temps we had in our area. Tried to start it a few times from about 5-10 seconds as normal, pretty much sounded like a normal car that wouldn't start in cold weather. Left it as is.
- Next morning was about 20F, attempted to start my car again, same result but appeared like the battery was weak from my attempts. Had a friend come to jump start my vehicle, even after leaving it connected for a few mins, still would not start (starting appeared to be weak). Mech told me to take the battery out of the car, bring it inside, and put it on a trickle charge for 24 hours.
- Next day put my battery back in the car, same result, car would not start, however it didn't seem like the starter was responding (no, not making a click). Took my battery to an auto repair shop (under warranty and got it from them), they tested it and the battery was fine. They ran a performance test to make sure and battery came back normal.
- Next day waited till it was now about 36F, cleaned off all the connectors and battery posts, put the battery back in, same result but again it seemed like the starter was not responding. Almost like I could hear a spinning sound.
At this point i'm thinking it's the starter, but I checked online and a few mechanics, might be a "camshaft position sensor". I'd rather it be a $30 part, rather than a $150 starter, but i have no idea where this is at (The online pictures I found don't seem to help much)
If anyone can help me narrow this down, I'd like to do some of this on my own instead of taking it to a shop. Last time I got ripped off and figured I should start learning to do this stuff myself.