2000 Dodge Intrepid 2.7L from North America
Change your oil every two weeks... stay on the safe side
I just got a 2000 Dodge Intrepid two weeks ago as a gift from a member of my church. Turns out the engine was seized. I labored on it, took the heads off and got down to the pistons. I soaked the pistons in 'Motor Flush' and sprayed it with PB Blaster for about four days. Got a breaker bar and tugged on the bolt that holds the Harmonic balance in place, and nothing. Eventually, after breaking two 3/16 sockets and one 21mm socket, we got a 3/16 impact socket, bought some diesel and soaked the car pistons for about two minuted, and then walla... it broke loose. We are now in the process of putting it back together... Altogether it cost about $50 bucks. Not bad, when the mechanic said it would cost $6,600 to fix it. Just a tip for the frustrated. Your car can be fixed, just find someone who is up to it. I'm just an ordinary student trying to take advantage of a "gift."
Seems like those 2000 Intrepids have a problem. For the frustrated, I might be able to help a few people out. hehe...
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Review Date: 27th May, 2006
I would like to know can I fix my 1998 dodge intrepid like you did yours? I have a knocking coming from the engine. I'm in New York, if you're close to me maybe I can pay you to fix this problem for me. CONDORSEY@YAHOO.COM
I think all he did was to break the slag loose where the crankshaft was welding itself to the bearings after running out of oil. Without putting in new bearings, that engine will be seized up again in no time flat.
There is no magic cure here. Performing routine maintenance is the key to preventing this from happening in the first place -- use synthetic oil and change it every 3,000 miles (2,000 for city driving). If your engine is truly knocking from a connecting rod with a spun bearing, there is no cure short of taking apart the engine and installing a new bearing.
If you are extremely lucky, and the journal is just starved of oil, you might as well try adding some "oil flush" which is thin degreaser. Add a can to the engine at hot idle; some products say to let it idle ONLY for a few minutes before draining the crankcase, while others say to drive one or two miles at low speeds and then drain the crankcase like a regular oil change. If there are clogged oil passages, it might dissolve it out.