Question about 1997 Dodge Intrepid
Could be a few things but let's see if we can steer you in he right direction.
First, the Intrepid should have a OBD (On Board Diagnostic) port on the car most likely under the dash. It's a trapezoid shaped (squarish with on side longer than the other and usually black color and gold pins on the inside of it) connector that you can connect a OBD reader available for rent or purchase through Oriellys, Autozone, NAPA etc... This will allow you (or preferably someone that has used one before) to run a diagnostic on the car to see if you have any error codes present. If so, this might tell you which sensor or device on the car is failing or has failed.
OBD scan tools are anywhere from $50.00 up in purchase cost. Make sure it covers your model before purchasing. Unless you plan on doing your own work, see if you can borrow one.
Second, make sure you run some fuel additive through the car to clean out any possible injector/intake deposits that might be causing you issue. Several good ones available from the above mentioned auto parts stores. Chevron w/ Techron, Royal Purple, STP etc.. Pour into fuel tank right before you fuel the car up.
Third, check and make sure your air filter is not dirty and clogged. If so, this will cause the engine to compensate with more fuel (thus the higher RPM) change the air filter (also available at any parts store).
Last, take the car by a trusted friend (mechanic or not) who knows how to diagnose and have them run diagnostics if the above mentioned does not work for you.
Posted on Nov 21, 2014
You check for OBD Codes
Clean the throttle body plate
Check for vacuum leaks
Look at scan tool data
Have a repair shop suggest something you can do
Battery any good-Tested it?
Posted on Nov 21, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Check the connection betwteen the temp sensor, located on the block and check your fuses/relays. It may help if you pull and reseat each fuse. This is free and saves a lot of headache swapping out parts.
Posted on Mar 13, 2009
Remove the hood bracket bar, 4bolts, then the fan shroud assembly, then the belts, belt adjuster, and timing covers, line up the cam gears, crank gear to the marks , cam has 1 dot, they line up to timing housing 2 dots, (single dot to middle of the 2 dots), crank has 1 dot to mark on the oil pump housing to your right of crank gear, thats TDC. now remove the timing belt tensioner, 2 bolts, and remove the belt, if the pump has leaked, replace the belt, and tensioner if it is NOT metal Pulley, the fibre one will break down from the antifreeze. its a good idea to replace the water pump housing orings behind it, ac bracket has to come off, as the right cam on engine, this not a retiming iussue with the gear. GOOD LUCK. RDJRP
Posted on Aug 17, 2009
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