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Cost of a new battery for Intrepid ES? Dash lights flickering again

My dash lights when flickering like crazy when I was stopped at the stoplight at night. I was concerned the car might go dead right there but was just being paranoid since that would NOT happen, right? As we've discussed earlier the Intrepid is a very reliable car.

I'm thinking I'll need a new battery soon and I don't want to get ripped off so about how much should it cost me including labor?

Thanks fellow Treppies

P.S. I have a 2002 Intrepid ES with 97K miles.
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If all of your dash lights - including the speedometer, etc. - are flickering it's a different problem than if your odometer, radio, etc. are flashing. If it's the odometer, it likely is the rheostat switch on the dash to the left of the steering wheel. It gets dirt in it, and if it is scrolled all the way "up," it is near the clickpoint to brighten these lights for daytime use of your headlights (so that you can see the dash lights in the daylight).

Anyway, just roll the switch down a bit, and the flashing should quit. You could replace the switch, of course, but when it has happened to me, I adjust the switch a little and all is well.
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As 99 said, check that switch first. Really, any auto parts store should be able to put a volt meter on your battery to verify if it needs replacing. If it turns out it is the battery, you shouldn't pay someone else to do that for you. Couple of basic hand tools and the removal of the passenger side front tire will get the job done in about an hour.
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If all of your dash lights - including the speedometer, etc. - are flickering it's a different problem than if your odometer, radio, etc. are flashing. If it's the odometer, it likely is the rheostat switch on the dash to the left of the steering wheel. It gets dirt in it, and if it is scrolled all the way "up," it is near the clickpoint to brighten these lights for daytime use of your headlights (so that you can see the dash lights in the daylight).

Anyway, just roll the switch down a bit, and the flashing should quit. You could replace the switch, of course, but when it has happened to me, I adjust the switch a little and all is well.
I just know the digital gear indicator (P, N, D, 1, 2, 3) was flashing like crazy and so was the OTIS reading as well as the digital clock. I don't recall if the speedometer was flashing but I think the odometer was.

The car did NOT give any trouble starting so hopefully that's just a sign that it's the rheostat switch. So, I just need to turn the rheostat switch all the way down or to the middle?

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careful...people on here are so quick to blame the dimmer switch when they read "flashing lights". My lights have a mind of there own and flash like crazy sometimes, have been doing it for months intermittently. It's not the battery, have it tested you'll see it's fine so don't waste the money and P.S. dont' pay someone to do it thats ridiculous its so easy. Talking with some master techs at my work it could be the ignition switch due to some after market wiring like an alarm or a radio install, which is odd because i have only factory alarm and factory stereo still. I dont claim to know the problem but dont just play with your dimmer switch and assume your in the clear. IMO
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I agree with TINT that it could be something more serious. That's why I asked what was flashing. The key is to see if the dimmer switch takes care of it. Go for the simple solution first. You should just need to scroll it away from the top (right B/4 the click). You shouldn't need to turn it half or all the way down. If that doesn't take care of your problem, you might have something more serious wrong.

BTW, don't some of the parts stores (Autozone maybe) offer free battery replacement if you buy the battery there? Maybe not for our cars, but if they do, it would be worth it ... if it's free with purchase! These batteries are a PITA to replace!

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I agree with TINT that it could be something more serious. That's why I asked what was flashing. The key is to see if the dimmer switch takes care of it. Go for the simple solution first. You should just need to scroll it away from the top (right B/4 the click). You shouldn't need to turn it half or all the way down. If that doesn't take care of your problem, you might have something more serious wrong.

BTW, don't some of the parts stores (Autozone maybe) offer free battery replacement if you buy the battery there? Maybe not for our cars, but if they do, it would be worth it ... if it's free with purchase! These batteries are a PITA to replace!

Good luck!
Even IF it is something more serious it's nothing that would cause your car to stop WHILE your driving right? That is rare to occur with a power issue and should be even more rare with a quality car like an Intrepid.
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I just picked up a 1997 with a bad battery... after driving it for 2 hours after a jump start (bought car with a dead battery), it still wouldn't re-start 30 seconds after shutting it off.

The whole electrical system would flickers... all lights, dash, door, and door lights, displays, and gauges would flicker about every few seconds...

I just replaced the battery and drove the car around... no more flickering!
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I just picked up a 1997 with a bad battery... after driving it for 2 hours after a jump start (bought car with a dead battery), it still wouldn't re-start 30 seconds after shutting it off.

The whole electrical system would flickers... all lights, dash, door, and door lights, displays, and gauges would flicker about every few seconds...

I just replaced the battery and drove the car around... no more flickering!
But my car starts easily so isn't that a good sign that the battery still has some juice left?

Plus it's good your Intrepid drove for 2 HOURS with a DEAD batter on only a jump. That should mean I don't have to worry about the car going dead on me WHILE I'm driving.

Also, this problem should NOT affect your car during the day when your headlights are not on, right?

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I wanted to thank you guys since I adjusted that control (the one on the left of the steering wheel) and it's okay now so it wasn't the batter than was causing the flickering. I simply turned that dial down a bit which dimmed my dashboard display including the digital clock but it does not affect the headlights.

It's called dimmer control so I don't know why someone called it a rheostat control or whatever.

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