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Jun 17, 2008 (2:28 pm)
I have a 1997 Dodge Intrepid with the 3.5 liter engine with 104,000 miles on the odometer. It has been a great car but recently it has developed a slight vibration between 55-70 mph the worse right at 62 mph.
I had the tires rotated and checked to see if they were out of balance and everything checked out OK.
What should I be looking for? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
#3281 of 3457 Re: Vibration [maxwedge]
Jun 17, 2008 (6:33 pm)
I would check the tie rod ends first
#3282 of 3457 Re: Vibration [roger924]
Jun 18, 2008 (12:54 pm)
Could it also be a bearing hub? My 2000 Intrepid started picking up a vibration that seemed to be coming from the front driver's side. Mechanic checked it out, and it turns out it was the bearing hub. I probably should have had them both replaced at the same time, as it's often good to replace suspension components in pairs so you don't throw off the symmetry. I had to have the passenger side replaced about 6 months later, though.
I forget now how much it cost to do the bearing hubs, as I had other work done at the same time. All I know is the first time around, it was $1053 total, but that included a lot of other work. Second time around it was around $590, but that also included an a/c recharge and replacing some other minor part in the suspension. Again, I probably should have had the mechanic do both sides on that minor part (forget what it was, now), but he said the other side was okay. The part only came as a pair though, so he gave me the one he didn't use and just said to keep it in the car, in case it ever needed it.
#3283 of 3457 reply wheel bearing
Jun 22, 2008 (7:00 am)
Wheel bearings could be the problem. Its just that ever since manufacturers went to sealed bearings failure is not very common. In the old days you could check the wheel bearings by jacking up the wheel and grabbing either side then try rocking the wheel side to side. If you can feel any play then I would go with the wheel bearing.
#3284 of 3457 Re: reply wheel bearing [roger924]
Jun 22, 2008 (1:38 pm)
Wheel bearings could be the problem. Its just that ever since manufacturers went to sealed bearings failure is not very common.
Yeah, I guess nowadays those things don't go bad like they used to. And if it's any consolation, mine did last a fairly long time. Driver's side bearing hub got replaced around 130,000 miles or so, while the passenger side was around 138,000. Heck, once upon a time, most cars were in the junkyard by that time. Although I guess back in the day, if people actually serviced those bearings and kept up on it, they could theoretically last forever.
Jun 24, 2008 (8:16 am)
Hi, I'm just looking for some advice. Yesterday I was turning my '95 Intrepid in a parking lot, I heard a slight pop and then the car would only move forwards and baqckwards. It would not turn left or right. The steering wheel moves easily left and right but the wheels don't move at all. Any ideas?
#3286 of 3457 Re: Steering problems [junesmommy]
Jun 28, 2008 (5:14 pm)
"Hi, I'm just looking for some advice. Yesterday I was turning my '95 Intrepid in a parking lot, I heard a slight pop and then the car would only move forwards and baqckwards. It would not turn left or right. The steering wheel moves easily left and right but the wheels don't move at all. Any ideas?"
Something broke at the rack and pinion. Have you had it looked at yet?
#3287 of 3457 Stalling on Turn/Brake
Jun 30, 2008 (4:30 pm)
Hi, all. I have done some minor searches in this forum, but car problems seem to require individual advice!
At the beginning of this month, I helped my mom buy a used 1995 3.5L 6-cylinder Intrepid off of Craigslist. It only has 82,000 miles on it and seems well maintained by the service records. A car-handy friend looked it over well before we bought it. Its only noticeable defect being a significant dent on the corner of its front bumper.
The other night, my mother was driving downhill and pulled off into a gas station, and the car immediately stalled. She tried to restart it, but it wouldn't. Only after putting the car in park, taking her foot off the pedals, turning off the ignition, and starting all over again was it able to start. She drove the next mile back to her neighborhood, but as soon as she turned off the highway, the car stalled again. This time, when she tried to restart it, it made some weird choking noises. The ABS light came on and then went off during part of the fail. Once again, it only started after she pretty much parked the car and started over. She drove down the street and turned her corner, and the car stalled again. She cruised it over to the side of the street and parked for the night.
The stalling seems to be related to turning or braking (or both), possibly in relation to the ABS
My mother took the car to her mechanic today who said he can't really find the problem and suggested taking the car to a dealership for repair, as he suspects a sensor or main computer problem. She will be doing that.
However, cost is of course an issue. I'm wondering if anybody has experience with or an idea of what could be causing this problem, what would need to be fixed, and if this is a really expensive problem. I feel so bad that I steered my mother to this car that is causing headaches already.
#3288 of 3457 Re: Front end grinding sound [smithed]
Jul 14, 2008 (9:52 am)
I finally got my steering fixed. The tie rod bushings had already been replaced with the new style. I had a rebuilt rack and pinon installed. I did just what the gov't wanted, I stimulated the auto repair economy with my stimulus check. I accused the service manager of knowing the amount and trying to get it all. Runs great now. Going for another 50K miles.
#3289 of 3457 Re: Stalling on Turn/Brake [fogtown]
Jul 15, 2008 (7:59 pm)
I had the same experiance with a 99 2.7L. New PCM, crank sensor, and cam sensor $900,00. Car runs great now. I might try a used PCM and replace the sensors yourself or have your friend do it before going to the Dealership.