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Hey guys, I have a 2001 Dodge Intrepid ES. Automatic. I got it sometime at the end of July last year. My first car (woot!), and I really enjoy it. I previously got it from a guy who was selling it for his in-laws. They were getting older and it was hard for them to get in and out of the car. Anyways, I'm the second owner, they kept up on everything so I got a grandma-taken-care-of car. All black leather interior, with the exception of obvious driver side wear and tear on the leather, but nothing major. It started with 103k miles or so, now it's at 110k. It's a baby still, and well, so am I to vehicles in general. I have a few questions (if you guys don't mind).

Q1: Anything to shut up the squeaking strut on the passenger side? Or ... do I need a new one?

Q2: After awhile when using the heat/AC I noticed the loud screeching of a belt. I've been told it could be the AC belt.

Q3: Sometimes (rarely) I try to starting my car after awhile of driving, and it tries to start and then it stops. I've heard it could be the gas filter.

Q4: Getting rid of marks on fender? I ... uh... accidentally turned in to someones Jeep wheel, and it got black marks all over it... got a lot out with elbow grease. Any other ideas? Products? Maybe buffing?

Q5: Recommendations for keeping it up and running?

Q6: Fun thingies. And such. Like changing the knob out? Essentially, the "making it look nice" side.

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Oops sorry for double posting, but is there anyway fix a fender and straighten it out. One side is kind of drooping down.

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Hey guys, I have a 2001 Dodge Intrepid ES. Automatic. I got it sometime at the end of July last year. My first car (woot!), and I really enjoy it. I previously got it from a guy who was selling it for his in-laws. They were getting older and it was hard for them to get in and out of the car. Anyways, I'm the second owner, they kept up on everything so I got a grandma-taken-care-of car. All black leather interior, with the exception of obvious driver side wear and tear on the leather, but nothing major. It started with 103k miles or so, now it's at 110k. It's a baby still, and well, so am I to vehicles in general. I have a few questions (if you guys don't mind).

Q2: After awhile when using the heat/AC I noticed the loud screeching of a belt. I've been told it could be the AC belt.

Q5: Recommendations for keeping it up and running?

Thanks!
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I'll hit the two above:

A2: If the issue is with BOTH heat and AC, then I'd check the alternator belt tension. Needed are a 15 mm wrench and a 13 mm socket with a short extension and a stubby (if you have one) ratchet. Loosen the idler pulley below the alternator at the pulley. Tighten the pulley adjuster one or two "flats" (1/6 to 1/3 complete turns). The adjuster is a straight shot from about the height of the driver side of the radiator looking slightly up toward the passenger side. Tighten the pulley by turning the adjuster clockwise looking from driver to passenger side. Retighten the idler pulley and test.

A5: For the continued long life of the car, make sure that the water pump and timing belt have been changed. Hopefully you got the service records. If not, you may want to check with the local dealer to see if they will share any service details with you. DO NOT assume about these items. Worst case you'll have to check for yourself.

Next, update your profile so other can see where you live. There may be experienced owners in your area who may be willing to give some tips and/or help. (Or even, o-rings...)

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