TROUBLE CODE 173700

  • Tiny
  • Spelz
  • 2001 CHRYSLER INTREPID
  • 127,000 MILES

Hello, hopefully you can shed some light on this. A few months ago the malfunction light came on and I checked for the code using the digital odometer. The code it gave me was not a normal code with P and 4 numbers. It flashed "173700" 3 times, then "done".

Within a few days after the light first came on, the battery died. This was either the sealed factory Chrysler battery (or a dealer replacement) which had lasted 11 years, or at least the 3 1/2 years I owned the car. I replaced the battery and since then I have had no problems except that the malfunction light stays on, with this code.

I have tried to reset the computer by disconnecting the battery and draining the residual charge by holding down the horn, and leaving the battery disconnected overnight. However, within 100 miles or so the light comes back on. I am not experiencing any kind of electrical problems with the car, and everything else seems to be working ok.

I have seen this 173700 code asked about in a couple of questions online, but I have not seen any answers. I called a Chrysler dealer and he had no idea what this code might be. Maybe the computer needs to be replaced?

Any light you could shed on this would be greatly appreciated, and even if you are unable to help me, thank you for your time. Sam

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Monday, June 11th, 2012 AT 7:24 PM

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  • Tiny
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Heres the first thing you need to do get the computer codes read with a actual code reader or scan tool. Take it to a auto parts store like auto zone and have them scan it for codes. Let me know the exact code numbers you have. Amazon sells a basic code reader for like 20 and one that reads live engine data for a little over 50.A diyers one is pretty cheap these days.

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Monday, June 11th, 2012 AT 7:29 PM
  • Tiny
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I took it to Autozone and they weren't able to connect to the car's computer with the scan tool they had. I neglected to ask if it couldn't physically be connected or whether it just wasn't communicating electronically with the car's computer.

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Monday, June 11th, 2012 AT 7:34 PM
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That car should have a obd2 connector which all the cars from 1996 and up have.I ned more info before you start chasing wires etc. You need to find out did the code reader power up off the connector. Also if it was a no communication with the car or the code reader wasnt powering up off the car.

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Monday, June 11th, 2012 AT 8:20 PM
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I will be taking it to the mechanic to have the brake pads replaced soon, maybe I will have him check this out as well, at least just to find out what is going on. I have no electrical skills myself, so I would leave the wire-chasing to him. Inspection is due in October so I still have lots of time. Thank you for the replies.

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Monday, June 11th, 2012 AT 8:45 PM
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Just dont wait till the last min it might be something more complicated then you think. Keep me posted.

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Monday, June 11th, 2012 AT 8:51 PM
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I will, thanks again. Sam

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Monday, June 11th, 2012 AT 9:06 PM
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Your welcome anytime thats what were here for.

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Monday, June 11th, 2012 AT 10:14 PM

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