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3.8 lost power,towed home i didn,t hear any strange noise.moter won,t turn over,belts are tight,tried breaker bar on front pulley cant buge it.

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  • tones46 Jul 31, 2008

    took all belts off still cant turn engine over

  • tones46 Aug 01, 2008

    ok did that wont budge but what seizes,the crank,cam,i think i,ll change engines but could i salvage this one

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Head gasket bad to go out on the 3800 engine.will let water to piston and plug and lock up engine .no recall walt n. c.

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Thr loosing the alternator

Posted on Jul 23, 2008

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    Thomas Arnott Aug 01, 2008

    can you put a breaker bar on the crank bolt and turn it if not your engine is siezed

  • Thomas Arnott
    Thomas Arnott Aug 09, 2008

    can you turn the crankshaft it is the pully at the bottom of the engine if it turns the engine is not siezed if it doesnt turn the engine is siezed

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