Question about 2001 Dodge Intrepid

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Problem started when son left inside lights on overnight. Charged battery and drove for about 10 minutes and car died. Replaced battery and car would not start. Replaced starter and car will still not start. Will not even turn over: only goes 'click'. need help. Oil was a little low, but engine never got close to hot let alone overheated. any ideas?

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  • sd5warren Dec 29, 2010

    I was not clear in my question. my son is only 7 and he left an inside light on overnight which drained the battery. I drive the car over 60 miles a day and did not notice any smell or discharge from the exhaust. The car did not overheat - i was just trying to give all the facts as they happened.

  • sd5warren Jan 10, 2011

    My son is only seven and did not drive the car, he just left the lights on. A friend came over and tried to turn the flywheel with a breaker bar and it did not budge - not even an inch. He said that the engine was froze up and would have to be replaced. I have since bought a van since nobody else replied to my earlier post. No further posting is necessary; I would not like to pay for this as unlike the last time, it was not worth anything.

  • sd5warren Jan 13, 2011

    I have put a brand new battery and starter on the car and it still only does click. I used a breaker bar to make the fly wheel turn and it went nowhere. I mean not even an inch. I checked with another mechanic and verified the findings that the engine had seized. I found out this information through other means than this site. I appreciate the help - the last time I had a problem, you guys were a life saver. After I replied to the first response from ftw1952 I never got another message. If I have to pay still, then I will, but is it necessary?

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Chechk and double check the cables from the battery to the ground and to the starter. One of these may be bad. I assume when you replaced the battery it was fully charged? The clicking sound lets me know your getting power to the key switch and voltage is getting to the starter selenoid but not enough to cause it to engage. Did you replace the selenoid with the starter? When you replaced the battery did you clean the clamps real good and make sure they are tight and not at all loose on the battery. A loose connection anywhere in the circuit will cause the symptons you are describing. Any bad connectors or cables must be replaced or you will lose votage. If the oil level is too low it wont run but it will try to start. If you can find the nut on the main engine pully, you can put a wrench on this and turn it clockwise to see if the motor is locked up, as long as things turn your in good shape. Last thing is to look at all your fuses and see if there is a blown fuse for the ignition system or starter.

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Since the battery is new. Check the battery cables to make sure the hookups are not corroded. Corrosion can put a damper of the flow of electrical current and can be the entire problem. If everything looks okay, the problem may be the solenoid. The solenoid is essentially a switch that turns the starter on and off. When your car is just sitting off in the driveway, the solenoid is receiving a current from the battery, but it does not pass it on to the starter. When you flip the ignition, a small current signals the solenoid to let the current through to the starter. The starter then turns over. When you have a solenoid that is going bad, the switch can get tweaked and not let the current through correctly. Since the electrical current isn't enough to fire up the starter, the engine doesn't fire. In some cars, it just makes a clicking noise.

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    Pull the spark plugs. There is a small chance if you put some sort of oil, MM, PB blaster, things like that, you might be able to free up the motor, but I would not hold your breath on that one. But I would check your solenoid first. It take a lot to turn the fly wheel. Smack your solenoid with a something.

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Leaving the lights on overnight does not cause any overheating problems. Check the Radiator for a proper level of coolant. If dried inside most likely that is the reason it overeheated so quickly. Ask your son if he had ran over anything that day he had the car out. If not did he smell a foul oder or if the exhaust was white. Coolant turns white through the exhaust pipe if the intake manifold or head gasket is leaking internally

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