Car wont start after bad weather freezeing water pump.
I was un prepared for the freeze and had left water in my radiator instead of anti-freeze. It froze causing my water pump to freeze too. I tried to start it a few times but it sounded like ice grinding in the water pump. Finaly i got it to unthaw and drained all the water but now it just wont start at all. It was running just fine before the freeze so i cant think of what the problem could be.
Re: Car wont start after bad weather freezeing water...
Do you get a spark first then go to the next steep, follow the spark from the coil to the plugs
then check to see if you are getting gas. Take off the fuel line and turn the key,maybe the gas froze too then check to see if the water pump cracked or it there are any cracks in the engine
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The whistling noise is steam. The problem is you never attacked the source of the problem. What you need to do now is drain your radiator completely at opening T-spicket at the bottom of the radiator. While you drain with engine off, run your water hose on top, to flush out the radiator. Then run to the Auto store and buy "radiator flush" -- follow directions. After flushing out the radiator flush, close the T-spicket, and fill with NEW anti-freeze. By enough to fill to the very top. Mix the anti-freeze with water per instructions to your environmental weather.
Buy a new radiator cap which could have caused the problem in the first place by not allowing the correct pressure to blow off. Being a 2000 car is a little early for radiator problems, but an incorrect anti-freeze solution causes radiators to fail prematurely.. Better to have more than less because anti-freeze keeps the radiator from corroding.
Your radiator never cooled the water sufficiently, and boiled much of the water out, hence it got so hot that it would melt the water tank. The Thermostat could well have been the cause because it got corroded from the inept ant-freeze mixture. Did you find rust on the Thermostat ? If so it was the case. If not the radiator has lost cooling either by low water or the cores have become plugged up, in that case you will need a new radiator. See if the flush loosens the rust within the cores before buying an expensive radiator. Check the water hoses if leaking cooling. Run the car allow the engine to become hot before accepting that your water hoses are fine. Because heat expand everything, and may not leak until after the expansion.
Chances are the block does have freeze plugs, but they would have nothing to do with the engine not cranking. The plugs are a thin metal cup that will pop out if the block freezes to help prevent the block from cracking. Even if they pop out the block can still be damaged. That includes the cylinders.
If the plugs popped out, you would loose what was in the radiator.
Yes, your water pump attaches to the front of the engine block. If a leak opens up between the two, coolant goes into the crankcase along with oil. That means water and oil are being circulated through the bearings and cylinders of your engine. Don't drive it in this condition.
Let the engine cool, remove radiator cap, start the engine let it warm up. Make sure the radiator is full. Look in the radiator for a bubbling mist. that is the sign of a bad head gasket. Also caddies with aluminum blocks require special coolant.
Honda has a blue anti-freeze that comes in their radiators. It doesn't have additives that can damage the water pump. Look on the back of the anti-freeze and get one recommended for honda or go to a dealer.
The anti freeze is poured into the radiator water and it is necessary as the water should not freeze when in cold weather which can cause serious damage to the parts sepccially the water pump, radiator, engine water jackets/ ports..
a/c relay has to do with a/c compressor. Do you have a/c? If so it's not that. You could have a bad thermostat. Have you replaced one yet? That would cause the over heating. The rough idel I'm not sure what to tell you there. Sorry.
Could be water pump, bad hose, bad gasket. First thing is first, find out what the problem is. Go to auto part store, get some dye for radiator system. dump it in, run vechile, use uv goggles and a uv light to determin where it is leaking from. Once found, a step by step process can be described for you to replace needed parts.
a combo of issues could be your issues.
Does your area normally drop to freezing?
Battery condition and fluids set to right levels? Do you have a block heater set on the engine? You say "around freezing" we talking under or over? And if your area normally dosent get that low, you will
heave to weatherize your car. are you running water or anti freeze? in the radiator?.. These hopefully will get you in the right direction