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The car turns over but it wont start there is not water in the oil. it ran hot. could it be my head gaskets

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The plastic upper intake manifold will leak water into the combustion chamber and drown out the plugs or may cause a hydraulic engine lock. How far did you drive it hot? 3800's are not known for having a head gasket problem. I have seen some rookie mechanics change the head gaskets and replace engines only to find out that it was the upper manifold after they cranked it up with old one on it. Do you know if it was leaking water externally or why it ran hot?

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