I bought my 2000 Dodge Intrepid used. A few days after I bought it I noticed that the car would not move if I turned it on and immediately put it into gear, but worked fine after a minute of running the engine.
Last week (11/27) after a 3-hour drive on the highway driving at 75 - 80 MPH I noticed that the engine was running at higher RPMs in town at lower speeds (and after having stopped at traffic lights) and the car would not shift out of low gear.
Now, the car shifts into reverse and drive, and as I accelerate the car shifts *hard* into second gear but will not shift any higher. This morning, the car stalled on me at a traffic light. The speedometer still does not work.
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I have been working on Chrysler products since the late 1960's. Your 2002 Dodge Intrepid has a computer control system. It is POSSIBLE to get diagnostic codes from your car, without a code reader. To do that, simply put the ignition key in, then rotate it clockwise to the run position, then back to off, then run, then off then run ... and watch for a blinking light on the dash. Assuming that is the check engine light, it will "blink the codes" to you! Count the ON (illuminated) blinks, until there is a short pause. That is the first digit of the first code. After the first pause, the blinks will be indicating the second digit of the first code. If you miss-count ... sorry, but you will have to start over. When you count five blinks, a short pause (maybe two seconds), then five more blinks, that is the "end of codes"
indicator. When you get all the codes, post them for analysis.
2000 Dodge Intrepid is equipped with an alarm system that is triggered
when unauthorized entry is attempted. In some situations, such as having
the Intrepid valet parked or when it is being serviced by a mechanic,
the alarm system needs to be disarmed so it doesn't go off. Disarming
the alarm will prevent it from being activated until it is armed again. Difficulty: Moderate
Insert the key into the ignition.
Turn the ignition switch to "ON." Do not start the engine.
Press and hold the valet/override button within five seconds
of turning the ignition on. The valet button is located beneath the
Release the valet/override button after the security indicator light turns off.
Only check the level when it has been driven and warm. And while it is still running. Now, for the slow engagement, It may be draining fluid back into the pan, from the torque converter. Let it idle a little while before trying to drive it. That will fill the torque converter back up, and will drive right away. Takes about 2 minutes of idle time to fill the torque converter. Now, drive it and then, while it is still running, in park, check the fluid level in the transmission. It very likely could be low and could also be the slow engagement cause.
Could be a dirty IAC (idle air control) and it's causing it to run high, also, could be a tstat going bad because it would make it run like it was cold all day...check your temp after driving for a while....see if it's lower than it should be.
first of all, check your code to see what the car computer shows. To do that , insert the key in the ignition and switch it on three time within 2 seconds and the third time live the key in the on position. All the instrument panel lights will lite and the oddometer will display the fault code that may br the cause for your car not starting. goood luck.