The car in question is a '98 Dodge Grand Caravan, AWD, 3.8L.
My GF tried starting it this morning, and from inside the house I could a hear it make a clicking noise, not the same as when you turn the key normally. She tried it a couple times. I came outside, opened the hood, saw nothing amiss (not an expert though (duh, otherwise why would I be posting this?!)), touched nothing, and closed the hood. I had her turn off the radio and close the driver’s door so the interior lights would go off. The car started normally and immediately the next time she turned the key. Think I need a new battery? What else could be wrong?
Don’t bother giving advice to take it to be looked at by a professional, I’m gonna do that; but my dealer has been jerking me around lately and would like a second Doper opinon. Think I need a new battery? The car just had a 30k (120k actually) service. My unhappiness with the dealer comes partially because during the service, they failed to properly seat the new fuel filter, resulting in gas leaking from the car 2 days after I got it back. Simple error, probably, but unprofessional. More disturbing to me is their diagnosis of my rear brakes. I took the car to have the brakes checked before taking it to the dealer for the 30k service, and the local brake/clutch shop, whom I trust, said the rear brakes were fine, front pads ok, they just resurfaced my front rotors. The dealer said my inner rear pads “had 10% left” and the rotors “couldn’t be resurfaced.” Initially mad at the local brake place for their misdiagnosis, I took it back to see what they said. The extremely helpful tech/part owner showed me the rear brakes, which had well over the minimum 1/32" of pad left, and the rotors, which were ungrooved and .454" thick, the minimum being .443". Local brake guy explained that there’s no such thing as “10% left” on a brake pad, just a minimum thickness, and that not only were the rotors in good shape, but were plently thick and could be resurfaced with no problem. Comments?