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While driving the engine abruptly stalled and now engine will not even turn over

When I turn key on no lights in dash engine will not turn over no power windows when turned key to try and start noticed smoke from passenger side firewall under hood

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    paulmacintyre Apr 12, 2015

    Sorry... Didnt read entire question. Sounds as if battery or wiring has shorted out

  • Randall Fleming
    Randall Fleming Apr 12, 2015

    thanks battery is good one thing it is not getting fire to the starter but something caused it to stall the engine first.then when I turned key to start there was smoke from passenger side firewall

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I think your motor overheated a mixed,check your coolant level and colour

Posted on Apr 12, 2015

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My best guess is a piston has seized in a bore. I need more info.

  1. what make, model and year of vehicle is it?
  2. how fast were you traveling?
  3. has any work been carried out on the motor recently?

Posted on Apr 12, 2015

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    Randall Fleming Apr 12, 2015

    1992 chevy 1500 truck 350 engine recently replaced ignition module and fuel pump

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What kind of car? Did it overheat severely? Possible timing belt broken and jammed up/bent valves restricting engine movement

Posted on Apr 12, 2015

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While driving 350 engine abruptly stalled and now engine will not turn over no power to dash and no power to windows definitely electric problem


You may have a melted fusable link at the starter motor. Something would have caused this link to melt. Have a look at the wiring on the starter to see if one is melted or come apart and repair as necessary

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Dash lights on my 2010 venza won't go off when driving on dash


are there some that do go off, ????
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you scan the PCM and it reports errors, YOU HAVE ERRORs, scan it.
the brakes come on, if engine stalls. or RPM on engine falls real low
about 300 RPM the engine can stall, (engine problems) and when it does that the dash goes to self test of dash lamps.
turn key, no start, see all those lamps doing there self test? bingo that.
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Car cuts out during driving at highway speeds.


that is very good, the cars momentum will in fact restart the car.
with a M/T tranny, with A/T it slips. so is car a M/T , stick?
do post tranny type, we cant guess that....???
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this is not hard to find or fix ,if lost 12v.
when you lose 12v the dash goes dead, warning lamps fail.
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if you have a voltmeter, connect it to the CIG lighter port.
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in view of your post , you have 2 non related problems
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