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My 97 century just cut off while i was driving this shop said i needed a motor ,was running fine all day .i took the starter off the flywheel and it turns both ways ,but want turn either way from the crank bolt what is my problem

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It sounds like the engine is seized. Is there oil in the engine? If yes, take the serpentine belt off & see if it turns over. If not, take the spark plugs out & see if it turns then. If not, spray a good amount of wd40 into each cylinder & let sit overnight & try turning it over again in the morning. If it still doesn't turn you more than likely have a seized engine or tranny. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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