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04 sebring over heated then cut itself off and will not restart what wrong with it? how do i fix it?

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  • ant1829 May 12, 2009

    the engine will turn over but still won't start. i tried to reset the computer. the overheat happenned twenty minutes before the engine cut off

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The auto manufacturers got tired of footing expensive warranty repairs and when the warranty terms would not allow coverage, people began screaming that their product stinks just because they had to find out the hard way that they had been 5 years late on an oil change and that engines cant be expected to survive "stupid" (not directed at you) and after losing billions of dollars, they have made cars smarter than their owners.

when oil level gets too low, the engine computer keeps the engine from starting. Same thing with coolant/water water levels, .....and not to mention engine temp. level. This prevents engine damage due to neglect or abuse.

If it has been a while and the engine has cooled down, and it still wont start, try re-setting the computer. There are quite a few different ways depending on manufacturer and design, but a typical way is by disconnecting the battery from the terminals. Negative terminal (black) first from the battery, then positive (red)

.....If that doesn't solve the problem, then the engine parts got so hot they are now friction welded together (DEAD)

Posted on May 12, 2009

  • Thomas Wright
    Thomas Wright May 13, 2009

    Okay...DARN! Of course it can never be so simple. Ha ha ha I think we have the same bad luck..... Every time I look up to praise the God of good fortune, erroneously thinking something is going my way, a bird flying over head and drops..... a very bad sign that my luck has not changed yet.


    ......It definitely is NOT good to run an already over heating car for any length of time, let alone 20 minutes. It is also still possible that even though the rings have not seized, and the motor still turns over, that the engine has been burned up......

    Engines need three (3) things in order to run: Fuel, Compression, and Spark (spark plug ignition). If any one of these three are missing, the engine will not run. This is the best way to keep it simple..... Run a compression check on each of the cylinders. It is pretty relatively simple to do. The tool needed is pretty inexpensive and can be found at just about any auto parts store......

    Assuming you are already familiar with the "Compression Test Gage" and how it functions, this is what you need to know.....First, the acceptable level of compression of any engine in general varies depending on design and application of intended use, but as a general rule a compression of 135 PSI or more is optimal, and a compression of 85 PSI or lower means the engine is trashed.



    What you want to be seeing is that ALL the cylinders give the same or close
    to the same reading, and that reading is above 135 PSI. Subtle uneven readings
    are not uncommon on worn or higher mileage engines, but as long as the difference between
    the highest and lowest reading is no more than 21 PSI and the lowest reading
    is 100 PSI or more, then the engine should have enough compression to run. More substantial inconsistencies
    between the cylinders indicate worn, broken or severely damaged rings, and/or leaky or sticky valves. (OVERHEATING CAUSES THIS)



    Watch the gauge closely while the engine is turning over, to observe the way each cylinder pumped up. Usually, a cylinder
    will produce about 40 PSI on the first stroke and about 35 PSI on each additional
    stroke until the maximum compression is reached.



    Problematic cylinders may have trouble pumping up and may increase by only something
    like 10 PSI per stroke. You may be able to crank these cylinders enough
    times to come close to the other cylinder's total PSI, and this is one reason
    to limit the number of compression strokes. Badly damaged cylinder walls, pistons and/or rings, valves and blown head gaskets typically cause this
    condition. Be aware that a cylinder suffering from excessive oiling, even
    from bad rings, can yield high compression test results because the excess
    oil in the cylinder seals the rings. Other symptoms may give you a clue
    to the problem (a smoking engine)....

    If your compression checks out, just leave a comment back and I will help you until we get to the bottom of this.

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