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Car wouldnt start so i hit starter and it started then motor vibrated like a motor mount was loose then engine seized or locked up

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This sounds like a vacuum leak a big one.
Check the engine vacuum lines the main ones vacuum booster control unit for the brakes vac reserivours and the MAP sensor manifold abslute pressure .the problem is likely on top of the intake manifold any air leak gasket seal or hose that isn't right will cause this .

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2001 Sportster. Why does it make a whining noise as though starter is not engaging?

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Sep 04, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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Seized engine

I\'m not familiar with Fiats in particular, but what I am saying below should be rather generic for almost all cars.

If they are saying that it appears to be seized up, I assume that means that the starter doesn\'t crank the engine.

My first question would be this ...... do you know that your battery is still good. A battery can "short" from just setting idle for extended periods like that. Particularly if it were a few years old. When someone tries to jump it, it will show that it\'s charging at a high rate, when all you are doing is heating it up. Be careful. At that point, shorted batteries give off a very explosive hydrogen gas. If you get a spark when connecting the jumper cables, that might be all it takes to set it off. You may want to try a different battery. Make sure it\'s fully charged before putting trying to start the car again.

If the engine still does not crank I would look at two other possibilities. The first is this: Is the starter "locked"? Sometimes when attempting to start a car, the gear teeth on a starter drive instead of meshing, where normally one tooth on the drive fits between two others on the flywheel, the teeth of the two gears actually try to touch tips. This stops the cranking of the starter instantly and gives the impression that the engine is locked. It can happen in cold weather, or if those parts have some wear, or with low cranking voltage.

The second thing is, is the engine actually seized? And the easiest way to check is also one way of checking if the starter is locked as I described above. That would be to put a socket and breaker bar on the bolt head at the end of the crankshaft and try to turn the engine. Now, in doing that make sure you are not just loosening the bolt. If it loosens, just try turning it the other way. If it does move, you\'ll see all the belts and pulleys also turn. That would indicate of course that the engine is not seized. If the starter was locked, you will often hear a "click" as the gear on the starter drive snaps back in place.

I have often seen engines that will seize just from sitting for extended periods. Especially if you live in an area of big temperature changes or high humidity. If that\'s the case, you can usually break it loose by pulling hard on the breaker bar when attempting to turn the engine. Or, if you have a manual transmission, you can try having someone push the car. Turn your key on, put the shift lever in a higher gear, like third. And then as you are being pushed, let out the clutch slowly. The car will either crank over, or the tires will start to slip and the vehicle will stop.

I hope this all helps. If the engine was running right up to the time that it was parked 4 months ago, I would be most inclined to say that you have a bad battery or starter.

Good luck!


Dec 14, 2013 | Fiat Punto Cars & Trucks

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Won't start

Sound like your engine will not rotate when attempting to start, the battery terminal connections is loose or corroded.
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Started burnt out and engine locked up, mechanic says that when the starter burned out it burned some "cables" which made the engine lock up, now he says I need a new engine? any thoughts please?

If the starter stayed engaged after the engine started then that will cause the starter to burn out. I would be seeking other mechanics to see if they say the same because I cannot see the connection between the starter and the burnt cable seizing the motor.

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I bought a new battery but my car still wouldnt start

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I believe that I have either a bad transmission mount or mounts, and possible a bad motor mount or mounts because the car vibrates in drive while running and also vibrates in neutral while running but not...

Get a friend to open the hood and look at the engine go up or down in the engine compartment when the brakes are firmly applied and switching between reverse and drive. Look for the motor mounts for behavior where tears exist in the rubber.

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to eliminate the battery or alternator: go to a parts store leave your motor running. they will come outside with the tester and test your battery and alternator free. prior to this locate where your battery cable hooks to the starter and check to make sure the nut hasnt vibrated loose (try moving the cable side-to-side). u dint specify whether the engine was turning over and wouldnt start or nothing was happening.

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Starter motor

hi there,
shut down the engine for atleast 30 minutes to cool,the starter motor was located under beneath the engine,the pinion driver was coincide to flywheel,if you want replace starter motor,disconnect starter regulator cable, loosen two bolt on the engine starter motor holder,try to swicth starter motor on a free way that could go out on mounting space,the exhaust manifold mostly is behind the way of starter motor if hard to pull out,if necessary disconnect exhaust manifold replace exhaust manifold gasket,distortion on manifold gasket may happen after removing manifold
. pull out starter motor and replace a new one, put back also exhaust manifold if you disconnect it.
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remove the old gasket using your putty knife. The gasket should come of mostly intact. Use your putty knife to remove any gasket material that remains on the engine block or the manifold. Any gasket material left on the mounting surfaces will cause leaks that inhibit engine performance coat the new gasket on both sides with a light coat of anti-seize compound. Put the new gasket in place against the block mounting surface. The anti-seize compound will hold the new gasket in place and prevent the gasket from sticking to the mounting surface, making future repairs easier.
push the manifold in against the new gasket and the block. coat the threads of your manifold bolts with a light coat of anti-seize compound. This will protect the threads on the bolt and the mounting surface. Start all manifold bolts by hand to ensure that the manifold is positioned evenly against the block. Be sure that the gasket remains lined up with the mounting holes. If the gasket slips out of position it will leak.
use your wrench or a torque wrench if required by the service manual to tighten all manifold bolts. Start the engine and check for any leaks. no leaks means you are done.
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Starter motor just clicks, not cranking : knowledge question

you mention it almost started which suggest the motor turned over... if it did that it's not seized. i would hook the jumpers on for about 15 minutes before you even attempt to start the car. if the starter still won't work... hit it with a hammer as you attempt to start it... if it starts up you likely need a new starter.


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