2000 Dodge Intrepid CAR WILL NOT START

Tiny
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  • 2000 DODGE INTREPID
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 65,000 MILES
It shut down while my wife was driving in traffic. Would not start afterwards or even turn over. A few days later we charged it with another car. Would not even turn over or make any sound when hooked to the other car. When unhooked it would only make a ticking sound. We filled the gas prior to it shutting down. All of the lights in the car work, it just wont start. I don't think it's the timing belt, alternator, or the battery. Not sure how to diagnose this problem. Scared to take it to the auto shop because I have no money.

If you can help, Thank you.
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Monday, February 8th, 2010 AT 12:56 PM

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Tiny
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Welcome, do you think the theft/security system is causing an issue?

If the starter won't crank, I'd have to be sure the battery has a full charge and the connections are good. There is a starter relay, underhood power distribution center. You can check voltage circuits there. The pcm grounds the coil side of relay, that is why I asked about the security system. If the voltage circuits at the starter check out, I'd have to test the starter itself.
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Monday, February 8th, 2010 AT 1:18 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for your help,

I do have an alarm on there that never worked. I just bought this car about 10 months ago. The light on the alarm blinked red, but is useless.
I just went outside and tried to crank it up and there's nothing. No sound, no lights, nothing comes on at all.
What should I do now? Get another battery? The wires that connect to the batter aren't in good condition, but could that make the car stop while driving at 40mph? The radio and everything stayed on for a few days afterwards as well. A buddy of mine don't think its the battery or the alternator. But now that it's dead Im lost as to what it is.

I will have someone test the starter for me. I don't have many tools. He has a diagnostic computer. Hopefully he comes through. A friend of a friend, so it's a difficulty.

Anyways, I want to repair this car and sell it. It's in good condition. But I'm afraid of putting too much money into it. What do you think is the best option?
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Monday, February 8th, 2010 AT 1:33 PM
Tiny
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I'd just have to start with basic tests. Below is a diagram of starter relay. Red wire is hot all the time. Yellow wire goes hot with the key in the start position.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/170934_intrepid_starter_relay_1.jpg

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Monday, February 8th, 2010 AT 3:15 PM

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