Question about 1996 Dodge Intrepid
Well that does narrow it down some. Although I'm not completely familiar with the 1996 model intrepid. I do know that there are some year models with fuses in the ecu. If it wasn't for the fact that it gave no prior indications I might think coil. But even though this vehicle doesn't have points. It does have what's called a hall effects generator under the rotor button inside the distributor cap. It does the same thing that points used to do. If it's bad you will get little or no fire to the plugs regardless of coil condition. A coil pretty much works or it doesn't. They sometimes breakdown under heat and load, but never overnight. I really don't want to send you out buying parts with no sure way of knowing they will solve your problem. But unfortunately like so much electronic **** I have never heard of a way to check one. I do know that you can check the coil by taking off the wire from the coil to the distributor and hold it close to the connection for the coil. It sure should make a visible spark day or night in the high energy system on your car. On a good day I might even be able to remember if a coil will work with a bad hall generator. Something nagging in the back of my head says no.The coil has three wires going to it. The obvious one goes to the distributor. One is a power lead that should be hot with the ignition on. The other is a ground. But even after all this could be stuff. I am still inclined to look for your trouble in the distributor with the hall generator. It's been a lot of years since I've changed one but back then they were around twenty bucks. I'm sorry I can't be more specific. There are just so many variables. But just by what you've said. that's all I really can think of.
Posted on Jan 04, 2011
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