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Intrepid Does not Shift & Speedometer Inoperative

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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    Chaz Conrad Jan 13, 2010

    after wracefans24 suggested I look at the "speed sensor" I did some research. It didn't take long to find that there is an input speed sensor and an output speed sensor for this car. I did a little digging to determine which sensor to purchase and found that the output speed sensor was the part I needed. I put my order for a replacement transmission on hold and went back to the web and found the output speed sensor at Checker/O'Reilly for less than $20. I tried it and it worked.

    The sensor I pulled out has what appears to be grease on the end of it (I have pics but no way to post them). Knowing that the transmission has 'oil' in it I can only assume that this is not a good sign. I am planning to spend the money to have the transmission flushed.

    I admit that I was very very surprised since I can't remember the last time I had a big problem with such a quick, easy and inexpensive solution. What I did spend some money on was a nice steak dinner with my wife. That was a hit! wracefans24, my wife thanks you for saving us a bunch of money and for a nice dinner!

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Check the output sensor on the transmission,
With out a speedometer the transmission does not know how fast you are going or when it should shift

Posted on Dec 02, 2009

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  • Anonymous Jan 14, 2010

    Hi Chaschl,
    I'm glad you had some of that weight lifted off your shoulders,
    Don't worry about what you saw on the end of the sensor,But it probably wouldn't hurt to change oil and filter in the transmission.Thank you for the great letter!


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