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Car won't start wants to turn over but nothing.

Was driving and heard a knock sound. pulled over checked fluids such as oil and coolant was low. added coolant and started driving again. The car wanted to stall at red lights, I noticed a lot of smoke coming out the back of the car at the red light. So I pulled over and checked the fluids again. I had to add more coolant. Started to drive again and heard knocking again pulled over and the car never started again after that. The check engine light turns on when you put the key to the run position. The light then flashes 10 times and stays on. The oil light stays on as well. please help me. Thanks Chuck

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  • powerofdesel Nov 10, 2008

    So were do I start to see if this is the problem. I did some work on my 90 5.0 but this car is not the same. I have changed a head gasket before in the mustang, because I had water in the oil. I'm not seeing the same thing as I did in the mustang. Like the color of the oil was milky in the mustang this one is not.

  • powerofdesel Nov 10, 2008

    Now what about the check engine light flashing 10 times? Pulling the plugs on this year pt is a pain because of the stupid design that they did with the plenum on the top of the engine. Is that about the only way to diagnose a blown head gasket?

  • powerofdesel Mar 13, 2009

    Thanks for the help but we got rid of the car thank god.

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    oil light came on - driving freeway & knocked.
    would not start again- turn over, and smoke came from under the hood

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    i turn on my car it knocks and it knocks when i press the gas pedal the oil light flash and the engine light stay's on i'm not sure what to do i starts and move but with a loud knocking sound so i just don't drive it please help

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    i turn on my car it knocks then when i push the gas pedal it knock louder and the oil light if flashing and the engine light is on i had my car over he a few months ago i had the radiator replace and new fans i just had the oil pan repaired when the noise start that same day and i was cutting off when i turn left please help

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    i turn on my car it knocks then when i push the gas pedal it knock louder and the oil light if flashing and the engine light is on i had my car over he a few months ago i had the radiator replace and new fans i just had the oil pan repaired when the noise start that same day and i was cutting off when i turn left please help



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Pulling the plugs is a pain, but not as bad as it looks. You have to remove the upper intake by disconnecting the egr tube(two small bolts hold it at the rear of the intake), pull a couple vacum lines, then disconnect the small row of retaining bolts at the front holding the upper intake to the lower. These have all rubber resuable gaskets in the intake ports so you dont even have to buy new ones. You should be able to acess the two outside plugs without pulling the intake if you only need to check for coolant on the plugs, but if your changing the head gasket all this **** has to come off anyway. Good Luck.

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Sounds like you have a blown head gasket this would explain loss of coolant and running poorly excessive smoke.

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    TripleTauto Nov 10, 2008

    pull your plugs will probably see coolant on of of them. you will not realy see milky oil if the coolant passage blows into the cylinder.

    it is not too bad of a job I just did one one an 02 pt i bought cause of this same issue

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    TripleTauto Nov 10, 2008

    it is flashing because it sees a problem and if driven further damager can result. see if your getting compression in cooling system. I am 95% sure this is your problem it is a common problem on these



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