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I have a 1995 Mazda MPV AT/124k and there is water in the oil and the engine cranks but won't turn over? The previous owner said that it over heated and that the compression was off in one cylindar. The guy that works on my cars said I have a terminal illness basically and that a egine swap would be easier and cheaper than the actual job (I forgot the name he said) but whatever it was cost alot and is hard work. I can't believe a car that was so well cared for and well maintained could be at deaths door. I have heard alot of near death tales in my day and more often than not I have been fortunate to dig deeper (like I am doing here) and ultimately discover that it wasn't as bad as all that and doing some investigation has saved me in the long run. I understand the dynamics at work when dealing with MD's, Mechanics, Lawyers, Plumbers etc... But since nobody on fix-ya is going to do the hands on work here, what I am hoping is to hook up with someone with a little creative ingenuity and spare me the book jargon. If a guy knows about cars and he gets stuck in the middle of know where he becomes McGuyver (who ever that guy is-I heard he was a guru of on the spot inventions) I need one of them kind guys. I just want to start that darn engine. I do hope someone can relate to my problem and at least tell me what to look for and what to watch out for when paying someone to get it going. Thank you

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    Cali Camali Feb 08, 2010

    The thing is I have 10 years worth of maint, reciepts that I have examined with a fine tooth comb and smog test diagnostics that all point to responsible owners. Oil changes every 2-3 tousand miles etc.. Even the smog passes with flying colors every two years. They even went to the same shop over the years and I can't believe they would overlook such a important detail like the coolant. I appreciate your insight and all, but as my request articulated I want to start that engine and I need a creative solution. Can you give me a creative solution? If not what advice can you give that will empower me enough not to be told a crock of BS in order to waste my money. As I said I might be dumb but I am not stupid. There is a whole world of genius minds and this is a good place to start as any. I just want to spark up the thing, so can you answer that or not. I hope so.

    Thanks again, but I need clever if you want me to accept your answer. They can send men to the moon, predict the end of the world and create life in a test tube c'mon this is not rocket science. Are you saying you couldn't get it going if you had to? (pardon my spelling)



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I'm not sure how much you know about cars and engines, but the old saying oil and water don't mix stands even truer with cars. water in the oil is the engine's worst nightmare...this is a sure sign of a head gasket failure. Especially being that you know the car has overheated. I am also fairly certain this is why your mechanic is suggesting an engine swap. A head gasket is expensive. Then you have to consider other factors. The head could be cracked/warped and other costs you could run into when actually tearing down the engine. It can easily run you the same or more then throwing in a used engine. The car could have been well maintained, but a lot of people don't flush the coolant regularly. about every 2 years the coolant needs to be flushed.
If you have any other questions please let me know.
thank you,

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    Lee A. Feb 08, 2010

    Coolant getting in the oil ruins a lot of things, because it isn't meant to be in there. What kind of answer are you looking for? Why would you want to start the engine when it is obviously ruined. You have all the receipts did you see any coolant flushes? Either way the cause doesn't really matter now anyways. It sounds to me like the mechanic gave the correct solution and just replace it with a used engine. I already mentioned what you would be looking at for a repair. It is a head gasket and a quite expensive repair and once they tear the engine apart more things can be found. Especially because the engine was run and overheated, if your having a problem in a cylinder then there could be even more damage to the block itself, valves, etc.
    Thank you,



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