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The car was running then on a trip it stopped running and now won't start could it be intake gasket? A shop told me the motor is shot

It never went in the red on temp gauge. What could be intake symptoms?

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Not much info, but first guess is the timing belt broke and destroyed the engine. Check the internet with your engine size and recommended timing belt replacement interval (80,000 to 100,00 miles). If it is an "interference" engine, then the valves hit pistons when the timing belt breaks and you have no hope.

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Check and see if your getting fire, coil may be bad depends on model

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The bearings inside the engine could have spun to block oil passages. you could have a broken timing belt which can cause bent valve stems. An intake gasket problem would not cause it to not start.

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    I concur with both the analogies probably timing belt.bi assume it is a 4 cylinder.

  • Lawrence Oravetz Apr 04, 2015

    Take off one rocker cover. Crank the engine. If the rockers move then the belt is intact. Look for fuel and spark.If fuel and spark are present, then look for the engine control module. Check fuses to the ECM and the ignition control module.

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