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2002 sunfire won't start

Reservoir for antifreeze cap broke then would not pressurize the system then started to overheat. replaced cap, upper hose had a leak drove home as stores were closed kept adding water but car stalled and won't start. has spark turns over, can hear fuel pump kick in??? any ideas why it won't start?

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Do a compression test. When you over heated it it may have blown a head gasket or cracked the head.

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

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Radiator overflow tank


are you confused?
does the operators manual show 2 tanks.???marked AF, antifreeze?
is one, washer fluid.?
it look it up in the FSM but no engine stated.
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i see one tank ,called BOTTLE here,
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My sunfire overheats and leaks out overflow everytime i drivee it.i changed water pump,thermostat the fan is working fine and had a water pressure test done last mth


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To install:
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  2. Drain the cooling system.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
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  2. Fill the cooling system to the proper level.
  3. Start the vehicle, check for leaks and repair if necessary.
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You have air trapped in the system. If you have cold air, warm air, cold air from your heater, then it's air entrapment. Very common these days. Go to a shop that uses vacuum method to refill cooling system & that will purge air.
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repeat if still an issue.

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2002 sunfire car won't start. turns over has spark


What about the oil level? Maybe it has no oil and the motor has seized up.

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