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1995 Civc LX M/T SOHC Starting Problem

The car died out on the highway at 70 MPH, went to restart it and it didn't. Had it towed home and tinkered with it the next day after picking the battery up from Auto Zone so it would have a full charge. When I put the key in the ignition and turned it on the "Low Oil" light came on and didn't go away. So I've drained the oil, put a new oil filter screen on it, and filled it back up. The car cranks, but smoke flows back up through the intake, and it still wouldn't start, and before you ask or make any sly or witty remarks that are uncalled for, I have already performed a compression test on all 4 cylinders, so no, my engine did not seize or lock up. So went back to troubleshooting, performed a "self test diagnostic" via the P2 Plug underneath the dashboard on the passenger side,and didn't recieve any trouble codes. I've replaced the spark plugs (they've been properly gapped :-p), spark plug wires (because one was falling apart, so i figured all of them could be replaced). Tested the fuel pump and it checked out, replaced the fuel filter, tested the fuel injectors... The timing belt is still in one piece and taut so I know it's not that... What could it possibly be? It's a manual transmission... I'm stumped... Befuddled... Dumbfounded... Some assistance PLEASE?!

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Well if you did all that stuff all ready, Sounds like your valves are stuck open. Take the head off and take it to a machine shop, should cost about $100 bucks for a complete head job. They will take it apart put new valve stem seals in, clean the head magnaflux the cam and the actual head to check for cracks. It will be like brand new.

Then all you got to do is get new head bolts, make sure you follow your haynes exactly on the re installation of the head. Dont forget a new brand spanking new valve cover gasket and head gasket.

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