2001 Intrepid won't start - clicks - new battery
Just had a new battery installed in my 2001 Intrepid ES (216K miles). It seemed fine for a couple days, but then wouldn't start for me in the Best Buy parking lot about a week ago. All that happened was a fairly loud rapid clicking and the insturment panel lights flashed. I didn't suspect the battery as it was new and the headlights were still bright. I called AAA and they walked me through a series of questions with no results until they asked if I had a security system. I don't, but they asked about a remote keyless enty. I said yes, they said lock/unlock a couple time and try it. After a couple clicks, it started and ran fine. The next time I tried to start it, it did the clicking thing again, but the remote lock/unlock thing worked again. The next two times, it started fine right off. But now it just clicks, and no amount of diddling with the remote lock/unlock makes a difference. The clicking is coming from low on the left end of the engine, and there is a little clicking from the fuse block over the left front wheel. I started looking for other ideas on this forum. I checked the positive jump terminal (it's tight), other loose connections, and a bunch of fuses (all look OK).
Sorry for the long description, but I thought it might help. At this point, I don't know if the remote keyless thing is really relevant, but it seemed to make difference on those first few occurrences. If anyone has any ideas, please reply.