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Dodge Intrepid, Sedan
#3253 of 3457 Re: Front end grinding sound [bobe4]
Apr 14, 2008 (4:30 pm)
Has your mechanic given you an estimate on the cost to replace the steering box? Last time I had one of those done, it was on a 1968 Dodge Dart. Got a steering box and a power steering pump from the junkyard for $150, and my mechanic charged another $150 to put them both on. That was 11 years ago. Somehow, I have a feeling an Intrepid will be a few bucks more.
I'm around 139,400 with my 2000 2.7. And I'm in sort of the same predicament...a bit weary of throwing any more money into it, but at the same time, I do still like the car.
#3254 of 3457 Re: Front end grinding sound [bobe4]
Apr 16, 2008 (4:47 am)
"There is a few inches play in the steering and I've been told by my mechanic that there is no adjustment and to fix it the steering gear box should be replaced. At this age, 8 years and 152k miles, it is always a question of when to give up and buy another car. But, I really like this one."
Are you sure it's the steering box? The play in my steering was fixed by replacing the inner tie rod bushings and then aligning the front end.
#3255 of 3457 Re: Front end grinding sound [smithed]
Apr 16, 2008 (8:40 am)
Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out.
#3256 of 3457 Re: Front end grinding sound [bobe4]
Apr 23, 2008 (4:25 am)
Any update? The original tie rod bushings were rubber inside steel, but the new ones were a harder plastic in the steel casing. They looked a lot more durable. The guy who did it (Treadquarters) was patient but had to lie atop the engine to do it, the inner tie rod ends are between the engine and firewall. Luckily he was wiry sort. . It made a big difference. The steering was very loose and the front tires were being eaten up in less tha 10,000 miles.
#3257 of 3457 We Recently purchased a 1996 Dodge Intrepid
Apr 29, 2008 (2:36 pm)
We have our vehicle for at least about two to three months. I know it is a used vehicle but we are having problems with it starting up. The Rack and Pinion went out last month and at least about three weeks later the car is not starting up. Is there a recall on the vehicle in the past that we don't know about?
#3258 of 3457 Re: We Recently purchased a 1996 Dodge Intrepid [lorib43]
May 05, 2008 (10:50 am)
Recall about what? Yours is a 12 year old car that needs some repair. Good luck, but you need a mechanic. There is no relationship between the rack and pinion steering and the engine not starting. Best wishes.
May 05, 2008 (5:57 pm)
Chech camshaft and crankshaft sensors they tell the computer when to fire plugs. When either of them is faulty the car will not start.
#3260 of 3457 2000 Intrepid woes...
May 07, 2008 (6:47 am)
My Trep is at the mechanic right now, because its intermittent stalling problem got worse. A couple Fridays ago, I was going to use it to drive up to Carlisle, PA, and it died on me about 2 miles from home. And this time, it DIDN'T start right back up...which someone on this thread predicted it would eventually do. Finally got it started, came back home, and got another car.
Well, all last week, I drove it to work and back, and it was fine. Then on Monday, I was ready to leave work, and it refused to start. It would crank and crank and crank, but wouldn't fire up. So I left it and got a ride home.
Yesterday I tried it again after work, and at first it wouldn't start. Then, the weirdest thing happened. The trip odometer went totally blank, just all dashes. Then a "P" came up. Then it showed "DONE". I guess that's a sign from above, that the car is done for!
Oddly though, right after that it started back up, and behaved perfectly on the 6 mile trip to the mechanic. So does this sound like it could be one of those sensors, like the camshaft or crankshaft position? I mentioned both of those to the mechanic, and someone else told me to mention a MAF sensor, or something like that? And something else, like a "Cold position start" sensor?
Anyway, I hope it doesn't end up being too cost-prohibitive to fix. I know it sounds weird, but I'd almost feel better if the car died from something a bit more heroic, like an accident, tranny failure, engine blowout, or whatever. In contrast, a several thousand $ electrical repair just sounds kinda wussy.
But, the car does have about 140,000 miles on it, so I shouldn't complain. I shouldn't, but I will. Seriously though, I hope it lasts awhile longer. There's still really nothing out there on the new car front that excites me enough to get back into monthly payments.
#3261 of 3457 Re: 2000 Intrepid woes... [andre1969]
May 08, 2008 (6:12 am)
Andre, I bet they can get that fixed for you.
Keep us posted.
I believe that is a MAP sensor (but MAF sensor may be right).
#3262 of 3457 Re: 2000 Intrepid woes... [andre1969]
May 20, 2008 (11:40 am)
I am having the same problem with my 1998 Dodge Intrepid. cannot figure out what the problem is . Not only is it dangerous driving and stalling out at 45mph. It is frustrating spending money when all you can do is eliminate what everyone says is wrong .