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My car overheated instantly and then it had a grinding sound when i tired to start it. It will start at all. Could a bad water pump cause it not to start? Or, what's the problem and how do I fix it?

My car instantly overheated today, and as I was pulling over, it died. When I lifted the hood it was smoking over by the belts and water pump. When i tried to start it, it made a bad grinding noise. I got it towed back to my house and now it wont start at all. It's not the started because we got to start for a second, but then it died again right away. If the water pump went out, would that cause it not to start? Or what is the problem and what do I do about it?

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  • hlg_cas May 08, 2009

    The water pump is leaking antifreeze. I figured that out. But it still wont start. Someone told me it could be the water pump, or the problem is in the fuses and/or computer, or the timing is off. What do you think and how much will it cost to fix it?

  • chryslerguy May 11, 2010

    Remove the belt and turn each pulley by hand. See if it starts easier with the belt removed. It is possible one of your accessories has a seized bearing causing a burning belt, hard crank, and even a overheat if the waterpump isn't allowed to turn.

  • jrk05a May 11, 2010

    Does the engine still crank over?... Is that water pump seized up?...

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The waterpump may have went out, leaked out all the coolant, and depending on how badly you overheated your engine, you may have serious problems as to some engines dont handle extreme heat very well. you might want to get professional help

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