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Dodge Intrepid, Engine
#44 of 63 If DC keeps improving their reliability..............
Jan 15, 2003 (8:16 pm)
.......they'll be up to sucks in no time!
Jan 15, 2003 (11:05 pm)
I'm thinking you need to trade your car off! You get a bad one, now and then, and have to move on...
#46 of 63 Speaking of oil problems...
Jan 16, 2003 (4:54 am)
...my '00 now has one! It's a minor one, though. Went to change the oil yesterday, and ended up rounding off the drain plug! I got a new one from the dealership last nite and, what a shock, it was actually cheaper to get the original Mopar part than the aftermarkets crap from the chain stores (that wasn't in stock anyway!)
Tonite's going to be the fun part...getting the old drain plug out. I may be offline for a few days, while my busted knuckles have a chance to heal
#47 of 63 I've done that -
Jan 16, 2003 (5:33 am)
the best way I found was to file two sides flat and clamp on with a big pair of vise grips.
Of course, you could use a cutting torch if you're into that....
#48 of 63 Oh, believe me.....
Jan 16, 2003 (10:23 am)
......I know I need to get rid of this piece of junk, but I can't trade it in. I'd have to pay a dealership to take it! I'll have to sell it to a private party. Yes, I'll feel bad for selling them this POS, but I can't afford to lose any more money on this thing. It's someone else's turn.
Jan 16, 2003 (10:32 am)
...can I have the drain plug?
Did you buy this car used? I can't remember if you mentioned that before or not. Do you still owe anything on it? I guess if it's paid off at least, and you can't find a dealership or sucker-er I mean buyer for it, you could always donate it to a charity and write it off on your taxes. Depending on what bracket you're in, that might actually come out better than trying to sell it outright. Less hassle, at least.
Jan 16, 2003 (11:42 am)
Don't ask, it's a lease. And it's being discussed in 15 threads right now.
He's expecting to be 10K over mileage at lease end and is hoping to get out without having to pay the mileage fee. Perhaps by negotiating a lower buyout from the finance co and selling the car privately for at least that much.
#51 of 63 Well, my little crisis is over, at least!
Jan 17, 2003 (9:02 am)
I tried doing the trick of filing off the drain plug and using vice grips, but that just made it worse. (I heard that trick from someone else too, but thanks for mentioning it, Zues) I don't know how I got that drain plug in there so tight, but it wasn't coming out!
I finally gave up and took it to my mechanic last night. I was going to take it in soon to have them check the belts and hoses, and a general checkout anyway. Got a call this morning that it was all finished and ready to go. They got the drain plug out, after about 1/2 hour. Belt, hoses, coolant all fine, which surprises me, since I'm now at 75,000 miles. Maybe that stuff really *does* last to 100K like the manufacturer says, nowadays!
#52 of 63 andre, you're not supposed to use
Jan 17, 2003 (9:51 am)
air equipment ot a jackhammer to file it down!!
#53 of 63 you just need a longer "cheater bar"
Jan 17, 2003 (5:48 pm)
and plenty of straps to hold the car onto the rack while six or seven of your meanest, beefiest friends pull on the cheater to kick the plug loose