Houston, we gotta problem. ('01 Intrepid)
Okay, here's the story.
My dad's 2001 Intrepid is a real beater - and it's had the CEL on for several months now.
On Saturday, a would-be thief attempted to steal it from my driveway. HE was unsuccessful - all he did was pull the trim from underneath the steering column and leave a wire dangling off with the plastic connector taken off.
I call the police, they came, filled out their paperwork, etc. etc., and they asked me to start the car. It started just fine.
My parents were out of town for a while and they only just got back yesterday. My dad went to leave for work this morning and his car wouldn't start. He took my Thunderbird. When he got home, I decided to try and jump his car. It worked.
I then decide it's time to get his CEL scanned. I bring it to the local AutoZone where I realize that the wire that had been left dangling was the PCM connector. The AutoZone "tech" tried to scan it anyway. It didn't work. I started the car and drive about 1/4 of a mile away when I realized that (a) the shift indicator had all of the lights lit up, and (b) the car isn't shifting out of first gear. I turned around, drove back and asked the guy if there was anything he could do. He said no.
So I drove it back to my house, and maybe halfway home, I noticed that, suddenly, the speedo/odo had also stopped working.
Does anyone have any idea what the hell could've happened?
As of now, I left the car sitting in the driveway with the battery disconnected.
- Alex B.
- Not everyone's war stories end in high school.
Out of the Thunderbird game for now.