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Engine cranking is having problems.

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What would cause my engine to not crank easily? I feel something is putting a strain on the engine from inside. I've tried turning the crank manually using the pulley bolt and it won't turn. I've tried a strap wrench on the balancer and it still won't turn. The only way I can get the engine to move is to crank it normally with the starter. However, it turns slowly and starts to smoke if I try it too long. The starter was checked at AutoZone to be just fine. I bought a new battery and nothing changes. I have fresh oil in the pan after having to replace it due to a coolant leak - which is why I'm working on the car now. Wouldn't everything get lubricated internally after a multiple cranking sessions? Oh, I did remove all spark plugs at one point and it spun easier, but I still couldn't crank it by hand or by using the strap wrench. What could be causing such a drain on the engine while cranking?

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If engine has been cranking a lot & not actually running, there's a real good chance cylinders are dry. Also, I need to ask where coolant was/is leaking as you may be experiencing some hydraulicing in cylinders due to coolant leaking in, but I hope if that was the cause of your coolant loss/leak, that it has been remedied. Another possibility would be plugged exhaust causing too much back pressure.

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Sounds like main bearings
if you can remove oil pan and grab piston rods one at a time and try to rattle them around look for metal shavings in bottom of pan

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