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It is going to need a rebuild and that is not cheap

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196ci intl. engine will not turn over. Has been sitting for 6 months. Would turn over prior to that.

By turn over, you mean it won't crank? If that is true, then put a socket on the crank bolt and see if the engine is still free to spin over or if it is seized. Try turning it clockwise. If it is seized and won't turn, it is rebuild time or time for replacement engine.

If by turn over, you mean it cranks but won't start, then you need to start with checking for gas and spark to the engine.

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How does a seized engine sounds like or what are the symptoms?

Seized means it is locked and will not turn over first indications can be a variety of things like engine knock burning smell if engine was overheated

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Can you unseize a saturn 2003 ion engine

un-seizing an engine successfully will depend on what has caused the lock-up
if it is a hydraulic lock then removing the plugs will fix that problem
however if it is ring seizure in the bores from severe overheat then you may have to consider breaking up the piston in bore to fix
if it is a bearing failure that has seized the engine then the bearing cap will have to be removed
the way to go is to pull the engine and make sure that the seizure is not from torque converter, flex plate failure or transmission failure
consider replacement engine because a seizure generally means a more costly repair than an operational , low mileage motor from the wreckers

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I have got Bmw 316i, the first problem that i encountered with it was that when i checked the oil stick it showed that the oil need to be added and i did add it but after that the red oil light kept on...

It sound to me that you added the wrong fluid or added it in the wrong place.

When you say seized, that means the engine is locked up. that it cant be turned over either with the starter or barring the engine over with a wrench.

If you engines is in fact seized, the only way to fix it is to rebuild the engine or replace it .

Good luck my friend, Robert

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It won't start: new battery, have lights, it just clicks when you turn the ignition switch

you mean it wont crank, it must crank to start.
1: bad starter system
2: weak battery even a new battery can be weak.
if you dont charge it first.
or if it starts ok then wont later, that means cars charge system failure.

can you jump start engine? with jumper cables.
that be a big clue there, proving starter works but battery was weak.
if the battery is fully charged.
you can hot wire the starter solenoid, (tiny terminal)
if car cranks now, the key start wire is failing.
A/T or M/T tranny? both use different path here....??????

if you cant hot wire it, then that means the stater is bad
the cables bad or the battery is not really connected.
or possible the engine is seized, can you hand turn over the engine at the front crank bolt (CW , facing rear, in neutral)
if not motor is seized.
some times even the starter and rig gear can be seized.
the starter can be bench tested. too.

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What do you mean by "smoking up and everything."? Was the engine still running at the time? If so, the engine has not seized. Is it making any strange noises? If it's just smoking a lot, but still running and not making any strange noises, you probably just have a leak and and alarmist friend.

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Engine dies as soon as I turn on the air or heat.

If by heat you mean defrost, it could be a seized AC compressor or compressor clutch, since the AC compressor is also engaged when in defrost mode to remove moisture from the air.

Try turning the flat, round plate on the front of the AC compressor by hand (WITH THE ENGINE OFF!!) If turns with only a little resistance, the compressor is most likely NOT your problem. If it not turnable by hand, then your compressor is seized up will most likely need replaced.

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While driving my 2005 armada began leaking fluid & smoke poured from the engine compartment..then the engine just seized completely. I had it towed to a local aamco. Have these models had transmission...

if the engine seized and smoke was pouring from under the hood, its most likely not the tranny. are you sure the engine seized? what color smoke poured out? can you still shift the tranny? if the tranny broke, you wouldnt be able to start your car, however, that doesnt mean your engine seized, that's just a fail safe designed to keep you from destroying your engine internals when the tranny seizes. if you can still shift, the tranny isnt seized and you should put the vehicle in nuetral and try to push it, if it moves, the problem is the engine. cant tell you much more than that without specifics. also: if you are driving a vehicle with recalled brakes, you arent very smart. if your brakes have been recalled, you need to be using aftermarket brake parts. dont have the dealer service your brakes, go to a brake shop or a parts store and get brake parts that meet original equipment standards, but are NOT original equipement. if you have already switched from factory brakes to after market brakes, then whomever has been installing your brakes doesnt know what they are doing. i deliver pizza part time and put tremendous wear and tear on my brakes, yet i still get 3 years out of cheapo brake pads. 4 sets of brakes in 5 years is rediculous, and i would find a new mechanic if i were you.

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Got a 94 integra this kidd left the oil cap off now it has a real bad knocking i dont think its a rod cause i can turn the motor at the front with a socket what do you think it could be and is it worth it...

Being able to turn the engine just means that it is not seized up yet, but there can still be a spun rod bearing or crank bearing, and the engine will still turn over until it seizes up.

If the engine is full of engine oil and it is making a loud knocking sound, especially from the lower end of the engine (sounds like someone is swinging around a ball peen hammer inside of the engine), then it will most likely be needing a new engine very soon.

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I have a V reg S70 volvo. The cam belt has snapped and I was also told by the mechanic that the cylinders have seized up. Any suggestions as to what i should do. Thanks Richard

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the enginies are interferance engines. That means when the timing belt breaks the valves and the pistons hit each other. Usually only the cylinder head will need to be replaced/repaired, but if the engine seized up then the engine will have to be replaced.

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