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Engine died while driving..

While driving the engine suddenly died and wont restart. tried restarting and wont turn over and a somehat buzzing sound comes behind the instrument panels, all are working lights,radio and the instrument panel lights except it wont start. checked out all the fuses all are fine. the car has 29591 km on it. as i have mentioned all are working except it wont starts seems like something is pinch. pls help!..thank you.

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  • danlou Jul 18, 2008

    thanks but i do always a change oil every 3000km on my vehicle. just check everything all are working..there cud be something wrong w/ the electrical systems.

  • danlou Jul 18, 2008

    thanks but i usually changed oil @3000km. going back to the original probel now that i hv the car sitting in my driveway have checked the charged on the battery its fully charged, checked all the fuses nothing is blown, i got fuel in the tank, all lights in the instrument panel are all working, horn, radio n etc. i tried to restart the car, all i can hear is solenoid clicking but not turning over the starter. pls need help what seems to be the problem. thanks.

  • paygopig Dec 10, 2008

    my engine dies (speedometer suddently drops to zero) i pull to the side of the highway however i restart the engine and it runs fine again for anothe 100 mile or so. what can be the cause of this this is really scary because i drive to work 150 miles a day and don't have cell phone. i change oil evry 3000 mile. however the last time i changed oil myself i couuldn't get the darn filter off and stuck an screwdriver in the middle of the filter in a failed attempt to get the filter off so i drove the the car on an oil drained engine 3 blocks away to a oil change joint. could this be the cause could the ignition be out of the wack could it be some electrical problem took the car to a mechanic he looked at it and after charging me 75 dollar told me has no clue. could i have gone to the wrong mechanic. any clues anyone .

  • abruce81 Jan 21, 2009

    while driving my 96 dodge avenger, it cut off on the hoghway. all the lights and radio remained on, but the ar wouldnt restart. when i tried it sounded like it was out of gas, but i have a half a tank, whats the prob. please help



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Hello Friend,
Pull out the spark pugs so, there is no longer compression. Put a wrench on the crankshaft pully. The engine will turn and the pistons will travel up and down. This is of course it the engine hasn't seized. If the engine turns its the starter. Simple.

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You can take the starter off and have it checked for free at most parts stores if you think that is the problem. The starter will not cause it to just cut off though. Did it possibly run hot?
You can try to turn the engine with a large wrench. You will have to place the wrench on the nut on the crank. If the motor turns, it is not locked up. Take all of the belts off to do this.

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Dear friend,
first of all try to recall when was the last time that you got you engine oil changed. what i think is that your car must have run out of engine oil and u must be running it without oil for a long time. This is the most common reason for engine lock up. The sound you hear must be from starter coil used to start engine.
Take the car to garage as soon as possible.

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  • Gavendra Shah Jul 18, 2008

    If that is so may be your starter assembly has got broken, get it checked

  • Gavendra Shah Jul 18, 2008

    If that is good try to recall that when did last time did you got your engine overhauled. May be its a long time since you have got it done. Every car engine should be overhauled around once after every 10,000Kms.

  • Gavendra Shah Jul 18, 2008

    Here are some reasons why your car wouldn't start.

    What I think is that there must be some problem with your cars ignition relay.....

  • Gavendra Shah Jul 18, 2008

    Try to recall if your vehicle was emitting white smoke before it died on you. If so then check coolant level. If its very low and your car was emitting white smoke the problem could be that your head gasket has got worn out and the coolant was leaking into the cylinders of engine and getting evaporated. Due to this mixture of water and oil gets accumulated in engine and could cause an engine lock.


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