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1999 dodge intrepid

2 weeks ago I my car stop and check engine light came on. Usually all I have to do is restart it, but that wasn't the case the guy who always fix my car said I need a water pump. He changed that, and it still wont start. He told me he probably didn't put the timing change back right. What do you think. PLEASE HELP ME

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  • Dawn Howse Sep 19, 2008

    he changed the water pump because my antifreeze poured out and we try to put more in it and it keep pouring out,and thats when he said its the water pump. He change it and the valves that was on it was broken off in the engine and he cleaned all that out. Then when I brought the car from someone maybe after 4 weeks the check engine light would come on when I am driving and the car would ****. If I was sitting at the light and the check engine come on the car would stop, so every time it does that I would start it up and keep going. But it does that every other day. about 3 months ago he put me a new start on.

  • Dawn Howse Sep 19, 2008

    but he said he dont know if the timing chain is back right because he marked it with white out. and what is ecm

  • Dawn Howse Sep 19, 2008

    I am sorry but do you think it maybe the timing chain and also about how much the ecm cost

  • Dawn Howse Sep 19, 2008

    hello if i unplug my battery on my car will that reset my ecm this what my mechanic told me to do.

  • Ronald Mueller
    Ronald Mueller May 11, 2010

    please tell me exactly why he changed the water pump when you had a check engine light come on? also be as specific as you can with what the mechanic actually did to the car, like what exactly did he all replace. this will help me pinpoint the particular problem.

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It sounds like the ecm is picking up a low fluid level and going into self protect mode also known as limp in mode.. the problem you describe is typical of a vehical that is either low on coolant or low on oil. when the ecm senses a low coolant or oil level it will shut the engine down to keep it from damage. I f the levels are ok this would mean that there is a parameter issue within the ecm. my suggestion would be to have a diagnostic scan done on your vehicle. the ecm most likely will have active codes stored. this will give you a starting point as to how to repair the fault. do yourself a favor take it to a small independant shop and not a dealership. this will save you money on the labor costs alone. please rate the solution.....thanks

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    Ronald Mueller Sep 19, 2008

    the ECM is the engine control module(main computer) if the mechanic screwed up take it back to him and he should fix it right. any good mechanic warrenties his work. the advice i havre given you is based on experience and without being hands on I'm still confident that it has to do with your ecm and what it perceives as a danger to the engine and therefore is in self protect mode. have the mechanic that worked on it fix it right

  • Ronald Mueller
    Ronald Mueller Sep 19, 2008

    no it will not reset the ecm. the parameters are set a certain way. the mechanic should look at the vehicle. there is no reason he can't check out the problem after all you payed for him to fix it and you still have an issue. if you remove the cable from the battery it will let the light go out however it will come back on because the code is stored you can only reset the code by interfacing with a scan tool. I'm a mechanic and i always do the job right no matter what it takes to make the customer happy. this is what the mechanic you payed should do. As far as cost of an ECM it would be around 1000-1500 for your vehicle, but i don't think the whole computer is the problem anyway, it just needs the limp in mode reset.

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