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#2966 of 3457 Re: Many electrical problems with 1995 Dodge Intrepid [boredjess05]
Feb 18, 2006 (3:21 pm)
The fact that there are so may problems in so many different systems makes me think it in the central computer. Have you had it checked out. With Chrysler cars up until more recent ones, it was possible to get the computer codes by turning the ignition key on and off three times without starting the car. I do not know if the 1995s could still do that. It might be a place to start. The website Allpar.com can probably help head you in the right direction.
#2967 of 3457 I'm not positive....
Feb 20, 2006 (5:55 am)
but I think only K-cars and their many derivatives could give you the computer codes by turning the ignition key on-off three times. I had an '88 LeBaron that would do that. Once you turned it on-off-on-off-on-off, the check engine light would flash in a sequence. Each code was two digits, and "55" was end of codes.
So if you had, say, a code 37, the light would flash 3 times, pause, flash 7 times, pause again, then flash 5 times, pause, and then 5 more times, and then it was done. And then you had to go find out what code 37 meant, although nowadays that's not so hard with the internet.
However, I had an '89 Plymouth Gran Fury that did not have this feature. The L-cars (Omni, Horizon, TC-3, etc) might have done it though.
Does the '95 Intrepid have OBD-II? If so, there are any number of engine code readers you can buy to read the codes yourself. One of my buddies bought one a couple years ago to use on his '98 Tracker. We've also used it on my uncle's '03 Corolla.
#2968 of 3457 Re: I'm not positive.... [andre1969]
Feb 24, 2006 (11:19 am)
I don't know whether the '95 Intrepid used OBDII, but I do know that the folks at the local Autozone will use theirs on your car for free to help you diagnose a problem (and so that you'll buy parts from them )
My 1985 Omni GLH Turbo would demonstrate the codes with the ignition key trick. Used it many times and replaced oxygen sensors as a result of those codes.
#2969 of 3457 Re: Many electrical problems with 1995 Dodge Intrepid [smithed]
Feb 27, 2006 (9:46 am)
On the newer Dodges, you turn the ingition key to acc position while at the same time pressing the trip odomenter. That will pull up all your codes in an easy to read manner.
#2970 of 3457 Re: was looking through some older posts from 2004.. [autobeef]
Feb 27, 2006 (9:51 am)
the only reason for the sludge issue is smaller heads, as long as the oil is changed at 3k miles, no problems at all. I work for a Dodge deaerlship in sales and I have seen many 2.7's traded in with well over 150k on them, and these folks always want new Intrepids, and when I tell then they do not make them anymore, they are not happy, saying the Intrepid is the best car they have ever had!!! I have an 02 2.7, 63K miles, all I do is oil changes, and its perfect
Feb 27, 2006 (12:59 pm)
I dropped off a bunch of old clothes at the local GoodWill store to donate. The guy handling it asked me about my Intrepid, which I thought was kinda interesting, considering that it's not really a car that encourages total strangers to strike up a conversation!
Anyway, turns out this guy's a Mopar fan and once owned a 1994 Intrepid, and around the 200,000 mile mark bought a 2003 Neon and gave the Trep to his son. I dunno how many miles it has on it now though, or if he still has it. This guy also has a 4-cyl Dakota, around a 1995 or so, and it's over the 200K mile mark as well.
Feb 28, 2006 (10:18 pm)
I just bought a 1996/97 dodge Intrepid es (it was a 1197 model that came out in 1996). i bought it for 2,800 for a private seller and it had 100,050 miles on it. now it has 100,780 in just 2 months. i love this car as its fast and fun to drive. its an automatic but when i speed up sometimes i can feel it hesitate and also it smokes alot out of the back. also i was told i need a new timing belt soon. anyone know why these things are happening and where i can find a good quality timing belt for a cheap price? thanks Tony
#2973 of 3457 The timing belt itself...
Mar 01, 2006 (5:12 am)
is probably only going to be something like $30-50. If that. It's the labor to put it on that'll be the expensive part. I have no idea how much that would be nowadays. Also, it's usually best to change the water pump when you're in there.
If it's hesitating, it might just need a good tuneup. As for the smoke, it depends on what kind of smoke you're seeing. If it's blueish-black, then you're burning oil. If it's white, and has a sweet smell to it, then coolant is getting into the combustion chamber somehow. Usually that's a sign of a bad head gasket or warped head, but it could also be a bad intake manifold.
If the smoke is just kind of grayish, or you can really only see it at night in the headlights of the other cars behind you as you accelerate, that usually means you need a tuneup, and the gasoline isn't burning as completely as it should.
I forget what black smoke means, though. Running too lean, maybe?
#2974 of 3457 Re: running good and then just died [rebel6]
Mar 03, 2006 (12:54 pm)
I had that problem with my 97 Intrepid. The funny part was it was after I replaced my coil pack, the car just died on me on the expressway. My problem was fixed when I put the old one back in and changed the spark plugs & wires.
Still it may be something you are missing.
#2975 of 3457 Sludge....
Mar 03, 2006 (3:36 pm)
Thanks for all those who chimed in and commented on "autobeefs" assertions about my sludge comment from...uh...2004. You are correct in observing that the so called "sludge problem" is observed across all makes and models. To that end, like "unintended acceleration", it has been largely recognized as more to do with the driver (poor maintenance) and driving habits than design flaws.
On another note, my 2000 ES is doing well though the "repair bug" just bit me in earnest. At a rousing 133,500 I had to have my radiator replaced because it had cracked and couldn't be repaired. Other than that....going strong!