Is it possible for a blown head gasket to make a car not start at all?
My 84 lesabre "project" was finally taken on the road for a test drive
and only had about half the power it should have. As i pulled back into
the driveway, i had all kinds of white smoke pouring from the engine
compartment. There appears to be a small amount of water on the oil
dipstick and i was told it could be the head gasket. I tried to pull it
into the garage and it started but as soon as i put it in gear, the
whole car started shaking kind of violently, and it died. Now all it
will do is turn over and sometimes sounds like it wants to start, but it
just sputters for a second then goes back to just turning over. The
motor was just replaced in april and I've drove it only once since the
replacement. Im at a loss here, this car has given me so many problems
and this time nobody seems to know what to tell me. Please help!!!!
the engine by the way is a 307 from an 89 custom cruiser
Yes, it sounds like a head gasket. And if it is that bad, it will cause a
car not to start. By trying to start it several times, (IF there is a major
problem),you may cause more problems. Fluid in the cylinders may bend the
rods, causing more catastrophic failure.
Pull the plugs as suggested, all eight of them, and then by hand (socket on
the harmonic balancer bolt) rotate the engine. Look for antifreeze being
expelled from the spark plug holes. If it is all dry, empty the crank case.
If water comes out first before the oil (oil floats). If no dice there then
do a compression check, OR a coolant system leak down test to see if there
is a problem there.
There are more things to do, but start with the easy stuff, before getting
too deep. I would also ask about that warranty on the replacement motor,
just in case.
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