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My 2001 pt cruiser overheated and shut off. I found out it warped the head so i got another one along with a water pump timing belt and radiator. Now the car still wont start. someone told me that the computer probably had to be taken to the dealership and be reset

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  • brittany dooley Nov 01, 2012

    well even after i replaced all kinds of parts the car still wont start. itll turnover just not start. could it be something with the computer?

  • brittany dooley Nov 01, 2012

    someone told me it may have a autoshutdown system that needs to be reset since the car shutoff when it overheated.

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Did you try holding the gas pedal down half way and try to start it, some times the computer looses its memory for idle and will not start unless the gas pedal is pushed ,then it will relearn itself after it runs a while,

the other thing would be to scan computer and see if there are any stored codes. also can you check and see if there is spark at the plugs and if the engine is getting fuel, the last thing is who installed the head and timing belt, was belt aligned correctly?

Posted on Nov 01, 2012

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ok, its time for a radiator flush. there is major sludge in the internals of this radiator. Make sure the thermostat is in the correct position as well. I've seen many cars come into my shop with the thermostat inserted backwards.

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Check your oil dipstick for coolant, or a mucky substance. Your symptoms sound like a blown head gasket.

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The reason the service writers always recommend that the water pump be changed along with the timing belt and cam and crank seals, is that they are all located together, and it takes a long time (which you pay for) to take everything off to get to the area, so you may as well replace the other things which will go out soon with that high of a mileage anyway. Altogether, it runs between $500-$700, but it should last you another 100,000 miles. Your serpentine belt should cost about $130 parts and labor. If you are in doubt or the dealership has a bad reputation, have it towed somewhere else. Any time you have doubts, cal the BBB in your area and ask questions.

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water pump ,its a plastic impeller and its loose on the shaft ,,,,,had one a while ago exactly the same but the first time i came across this on a saab i done the same as you ,changed everything ,felt a right you know what

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im guessing a pulley press, or is it the tensoner pulley, usually a rachet head will fit in there, or even a pry bar, if one of the pulleys r bad, what ever you do to get it off, then use a block of wood an a hammer to put new one on,

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