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Engine seized 2004 Kia Rio

Driving on 401 - car just died - took to a mechanic - advised engine was seized - mechanic noted the oil was burned - oil changes were done
faithfully on this vehicle - just over 100,00 kms

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Your timing belt may have failed. This allows one or more of the valves to be held in the open position and when the crankshaft comes around the piston hits the valve and seizes. The best way to check if this is the problem, using a long ratchet handle and socket that fits on the nut at the front of the crankshaft pulley, try to rotate the crank in the opposite direction of normal running direction. If you can turn the crank at all in either direction then the engine is not truely "seized".

The bad news is that the head is totally trashed, the valves are bent, possibly a hole in the face of a piston, and the crank may be warped. This happened to me and it's cheaper to buy a used engine than to rebuild the original. Still, with install about $3000-3500 out the door. I feel it should be illegal to sell such a poorly designed engine but what can you do. You must change the timing belt every 60,000 mi. max. and be sure to do the water pump each time as they have been the reason the belt goes at times.

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