It turns over but won't fire up.it sounded like it had some compression problems when i hit the gas hard to speed up.it cleared up and ran fine.this was yesterday.now today it won't even start.is this a connection.i don't know.please help.i live 1 hour from my nearest dealer and i need my car for work.i changed the air filter last nite when i got home then this happened and i'm thinkin this should have no factor.but i'm not an expert and know nothing about this car as i just bought it.please help.thx.
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Re: 99 intrepid is trying to start and can't
If the starter seem to be slow when jurking, then you could have a weak battery... if the battery or starting condition is fine, then you could have a faulty spark plugs, try to clean the spark plugs and with the connectors, disconnect and reconnect them one by one. if your place is cold then you could be experiencing cold starting problem.
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Many vehicles turn on the electric cooling fan if the temperature is high under the hood which prevents hard starting of a hot engine.
If yours never has had the fan run for a minute or two, then it isn't supposed to but if it did it once but now doesn't, the thermal switch that should turn it on has failed.
Try holding the gas pedal to the floor before turning the key; if it starts, then there was too much gasoline in the cylinders causing wet plugs which don't want to fire.
n most 90's and up Dodge/Chrysler vehicles, you can try to pull codes from the car's computer as long as you still have a charged battery. Put your key in the ignition, and turn it forward, but not far enough to engage the starter. Turn the key back to the Off position, then forward, back and forward again. In early 90s vehicles, the Check Engine light is going to flash a number of times. Often, code 55 means it is completed. In mid and late 90s vehicles, you will often get a 4 digit code that may help you diagnose problems starting, mostly checking the eletrical, ignition and sensor systems.
Get new belt installed & all aligned as it should be & do compression test before going any further to make sure. If good compression there in all cylinders, you probably dodged ( no pun intended) a bullet. Not 100% sure whether that is an interference engine or not, but will see if I can find out. By the sounds of the backfiring description, I'd be tempted to say you still have good compression. here's to hoping. Make sure when you get it back running that you keep a close eye on oil & coolant levels for a while just in case the backfiring cause some gaskets or seals to blow. Watch for difference between cylinders when doing compression test.