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I can't start my car and its leaking coolant

When I bought it, the owner told me that it was heating core problem. There was a fluid leak. We got a mechanic to fix it, and refilled the fluid. Aout a mile down the road, the fluid began to leak from another part of the car, where i have no clue and then on top of that would not start. I hear that the starting could be a security problem since I used both keys on the ring, and i guess you're not supposed to do that without letting 10 mintues elaspe between each try. So now I don't hear the engie turn like it would before, just a fast flicking sound when i turn the key. No battery problems though, and was told the car was kept on its scheduled maintenance. Any solutions?

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Hi, when you say a fast clicking sound, i take it that the engine is not turning over at all.
If so your leak probably is coolant running over the starter & has corroded the starter inside & is not letting it engage.
So first thing I would do is check out the starter by removing it.
Solenoid on it is probably knackered, cheaper to get a good second hand one & fit it to see does the car start.
Then refill your coolant system to see where your leak is.
Also pull out your dipstick to see is the oil grey ! If so forget all above & get an engine with the starter,
As the engine probably may have a blown head gasket & beleve me when roasted once they are as good as scrap as they always overheat quicker second time round.
Plus it will be cheaper in the long run with a good low milage engine than a roasted turkey.

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