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The car overheated and stopped, and now it wont turn over

It ran hot then cold then hot and cold again, and it keep doing that. It stopped on me and wouldnt turn over. It sounds like it wants to but it doesnt. Do u know what the problem is? It's a 1998 Ford Windstar 3.8L.

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  • Roslyn Starks Hazelton Jan 17, 2009

    it will turn over but wont start.

  • Roslyn Starks Hazelton Jan 17, 2009

    it will turn over but wont start.

  • Roslyn Starks Hazelton Jan 20, 2009

    the coolant came out of the over flow tank, and it was all rusted..corroded. i live in wichita, ks.

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    dido

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Do you mean it turns over but won't start? or do you mean engine won't turn at all like maybe its tied up? or sized up? if your not sure someone will have to get under the front with a socket and breaker bar on harmonic and see if engine will turn by hand.

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  • ccn7 Jan 18, 2009

    well if it wants to start and won't sounds like fuel problem. should do fuel pressure test. also chk. for good spark. good spark will have a blue tint and weak will be yellowish. i'am thinking fuel problem, maybe fuelline freeze up. also was it running hot when it died like boiling hot? or just guage showed hot. there are alot of variables here depending on the climent you live in.

  • ccn7 Jan 20, 2009

    well if was running hot enought for coolant to come out of overflow tank, than it sounds like it either froze up, or thermostat is stuck closed or both, could have blowen head gasget, or worst case cracked head. if it got that hot, and stopped running, chanses are thats what happend. compression test will tell you if it is head gasget. also any water in oil. you saying temp guage fluctuating from hot to cold tells me its head gasget.

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