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lately I've noticed when I turn the key to start the car, The dash lights come on, but no start, turn the key again and it starts.
What do you think guys? Starter going out or battery ? 99 interpid , 45,000mls..
 

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does it go "click click click"? i'd say battery
 

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nope, no click at all, dash lights pop on..no starter sound at all. then turn to off and the ntry again and it fires up. Like nothing was wrong.
 

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I replace my battery ever 3 years no matter what. I know that dinky ass (only a dealer can replace & get that battery) battery is going to die on me sometime somewhere.
 

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I have a 98 2.7 doing the same thing. Thought it was the battery and had it changed and the charging system tested. Every once and a while I turn the key and no starter just a click. I thought it could be the shifter switch, But when I Shift into drive I get no click. Shift back into park and it will click again. After 10-15 tries it fires up. Then it will work nornal for 1-2 weeks. ???????????? Afraid to take it into the Chrysler dealer, they will likely say it needs a new engine. Those guys are bad.
 

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Well, I talked to my Brother in Law and his Brotheris a Mopar mech in another city, this is what he's telling me, Needs new starter contacts,but most repair shops will sell you a new starter. So I guess I should take it in before it gets worse and strands me in the cold.
Thanks for the advice guys I'll look at the battery contacts Sunday..
 

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Just got mine fixed it was getting really bad. It was the starter. It works like it should now. The dealer said the change alot of these starters because they have very weak contacts that burn out often. Another DC cost saving move biting us in the ass.
 

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Does anyone know if it is better to use a non-mopar made replacement? Maybe they have better contacts.
 

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I just had a rebuilt unit installed. Don't plan to keep the car long. The new Altimas look good. 3.5(240 HP) 5 speed. Too bad The intrepid is the same car from 98 or I might be tempted to buy another. (Then he slaps his head and thinks "why buy another DC car?")
 

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Originally posted by adaptabl:
I just had a rebuilt unit installed. Don't plan to keep the car long. The new Altimas look good. 3.5(240 HP) 5 speed. Too bad The intrepid is the same car from 98 or I might be tempted to buy another. (Then he slaps his head and thinks "why buy another DC car?")
Gee, that's too bad to hear you won't be with us much longer. I'm sure we'll miss all that helpful info you choose to share with us
 

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May I ask what it set you back $$$ for the Starter ? Curious, if I should get it done asap or milk it if its big $$$. parts and labor..
 

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Got a Estimate from a small town dealer 10mls from home today...Bout $200 for the starter, gotta order it and $50 labor.
Dang...I'll see if NAPA has one and do it myself. Any idea if its that difficult to swap? $200 dollars....for a starter.. and no reach around...
 

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My starter on my 2.7 98' let go at 72k, also the positive battery cable was rotted through and the battery was junk, replaced all plus the starter relay and its all good now, just new issues elsewhere...lol
 

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Dont know if U resolved yet.
The Intrepids are a piece of crap when it comes to the starting system, especailly the starter. I have had 8 intrepids in my family, and I can predict what will happen next to one of them, based on the mileage on the car. The starter solenoid contacts get sticky, do not spin the coil to generate the current to start and hence it plays dead silence (no clicks) when you turn the key. Turn the key and it might start due to some displacement from the first attempt. Chrysler purposely made it that way so the dealers can make a living out of this - Cant repair, and have to buy new - That way the new parts also get to earn their livelyhood.
Why do you think the fuel filter in those cars are INSIDE the fuel tank, and is impossible for you to replace , like the hondas. Answer : Chrysler needs you to go to the dealers and pay them big bucks - U go figure this out.
 

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Problem went away over the last 10 days..
Talked to another dealer, One I normally go to and trust. They would test everything first to see if its a sensor or something else. Thought they could figure it out on an hour or so..Need some other owrk doen anyhow.. greae job/check brakes, etc...never had it in the shop for check up.
So I may hold my breath it keeps working for another month
 
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