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I have a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier. I recently had my headgasket, top end, starter, and spark plugs replaced because the head gasket blew while the engine was overheated. I drove my car for two hours after it was just fixed and the temperature gauge said it was overheating again. The car stalled out after I put in some engine coolant, and checked the oil. The oil dipstick claimed to be bone dry. I put in the only oil I could find at the gas station which was 10W-30 but my car takes 5W-30. I put one-quart in and the car would not start, so I left it on the side of the road overnight. The next morning I came back to the car and I turned the key to see if it would start because the oil dipstick said the oil was way over the max. But the night before it claimed to be bone dry. Ive been emptying the filter slowly and getting the oil back to normal. The car finally started when the level was below the max line. I let it run for a bit because it had been sitting for a few nights. I started the car again by pumping the gas, and it fired right up. As soon as I took my foot off the gas it stalled out, it wont start up again. When I try and start it one of the wires arc, i cant find the exact spot but i can hear it, and overflow comes out of the hose off of the coolant tank. The oil is now settled and over the max line again. However when the headgasket blew originally last week water came out everywhere including coolant and oil. Theres possibly a little water left in the engine from the head gasket blowing. Turning the key makes the car try and start but it just wont turn over. Im not sure whats wrong, please help!

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If you have just had major work done to your car and this happened two hours after you picked up the car take it back to your mechanic.If I had to take an educated guess I would say that the head gasket repair didn't work because the head was warped due to the original overheating.But this is just a guess. Your mechanic should have done an oil change to get rid of any coolant left in your oil system and changed the coolant to get rid of any oil left in your cooling system .When they did your head gasket they should have cleaned out any coolant in your combustion chambers,they would be right there in front of them.The arcing that you hear sounds like a short to ground from one of the plugs and could be an easy fix.Not to worry about the two types of oil they're close enough.It is not unusual for the dip stick to read low when the car is running,when the car sits all the oil drains back into the pan.My heart goes out to you because you are dealing with an 11 year old Cavalier that are known for head gasket problems.Your first step should be to take the car back to the mechanic that worked on it and see what he/she has to say.I know you just had the car fixed but you might be further ahead putting any more money into another car and just moving forward.Please let me know how you make out with this and good luck.

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