2000 Dodge Intrepid wont start

Tiny
RUSSELL TINDALL
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  • 2000 DODGE INTREPID
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 134,000 MILES
My car will turn over freely and strong but it wont start. And it backfires weakly while im trying to start it. I replaced the fuel relay but that didnt do anything.
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Friday, February 5th, 2010 AT 3:13 PM

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Tiny
JDL
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Welcome, if it cranks good but won't start, have a helper crank it, while you check for spark at the plugs, if you have spark everywhere, use a gage and check fuel pressure. You have to start somewhere. Also, you may need to check compression.
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Friday, February 5th, 2010 AT 3:23 PM
Tiny
ERNEST CLARK
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Also, has your timing chain ever been replaced? And is your backfire coming from the tailpipe or intake manifold?

I ask this because with your backfire, you definitely have spark and fuel. But if it's coming out of your tailpipe, then it's either an overly rich condition, your ignition timing is way off, or both.

If the backfire is coming from your intake manifold, then you either have an overly rich condition (leaking fuel pressure regulator), your "valve" timing is off, or both.

I know a little about these chrysler V6's, and their timing chains are notorious for stretching, and are a bitch to replace. (Pardon my French)

And if it turns out to be your timing chain, don't bother having it fixed. The rest of your motor will probably be junk as well. And if you shop around, you can find a used motor with 50K miles for about $400 bucks. It'll cost you another $400 or $500 in labor, but you'll spend at least $600 on that timing chain. And the used motor'll run better, last longer and come with a 12-month/12K mile warranty.

And remember to shop around and don't be afraid to tell a mechanic that someone else will do work for cheaper. In this economy, any mechanic will fight for your business.
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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 AT 9:32 PM
Tiny
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Ok first of all no timing chain n gears wont cost 600 I got all new timing chain n gears with all new slack adjusters n the hydraulic plug for 150 brand new also put new front n rear oil seals new tranny seals, valve cover gaskets, egr valve n egr tube etc etc I spent a lil over 1k n it all ran fine but now I backfires when I try to start it got ideas wats causin it but there again gota do more research
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