2002 Intrepid National Mechanic Chain Cannot Fix
2002 Dodge Intrepid SE 2.7L won't start. New battery 9 months ago. Replaced that battery under warranty 1 month ago where they also checked the alternator which tested good. Took to another of the chain's stores 3 weeks ago, where they tested battery and alternator and again, they tested good. I noticed that the idle seems to be running low (approximately 600 RPM) but may not be related, I don't know. Died again 3 days ago while sitting at a stop and had it towed to the shop yesterday. The car makes no noise (does not click) when you try to start it up. I hooked it up to my daughter's car and allowed it to charge for 30 minutes before attempting to start it; I did this just before arranging for the tow. After this extended charging, the car started up and stayed on while I disconnected the cables but immediately died as soon as I put it into drive. The shop does not know what is wrong and is suggesting that I might have to take it to the dealer. Their only other thought is the starter but I cannot afford a shotgun approach to this by just trying part after part at it until something works. I am in a desperate situation because my wife requires surgery on Monday and I have had to come up with $800 by tomorrow before they will operate and this does not include the emergency room costs which I have not received yet. If anybody can help me to diagnose this problem so that I can perhaps avoid having to take it to the dealer, I would be grateful. I apologize for the long post but I don't know what else to do. Thank you so much for reading this and have a blessed New Year everyone!