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I changed the headgasket its getting fire it has gas and i changed the oil and it still wont start

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Take out spark plugs and drain water for top. of piston.

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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...

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.

Nov 08, 2010 | 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier

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The car wont start

You probably blew a headgasket and now there's water in the combustion chamber. It's a condition called hydrolock. You can't compress water and the engine won't turn over. Remove all the spark plugs and try turning the engine over for about 30 seconds. That should blow the water out thru the spark plug holes. Try jumping the battery with another car or get a car battery charger to juice up your battery.

Apr 10, 2010 | 2002 Mitsubishi Galant

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My car wont start after replacing head gaskets.

Have you cleaned the spark plugs? they will surely be filthy after a headgasket failure... maybe even cracked by the water going on the hot plug... I recommend changing the plugs before trying anything else.

Jan 25, 2010 | 1994 Pontiac Grand Am

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Overheating, Miss Firing, and Running Rough

Smell the coolant. Is there any hint of gas smell? Also look at oil, any coffee coloring indicates problems.

Jun 26, 2009 | 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue

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1999 Daewoo Leganza wont start

You has the classic sign of a blown headgasket.
You need to do one of the three to determine the condition of the engine.
coolant system compression test
chemical combustable gas test
cyclinder compress test.

In order for an engine to ran it must has
air fuel spark
Check the compression and post the readings on the comment window.

I will follow up.

May 04, 2009 | 1999 Daewoo Leganza

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i heard of a cam position sensor going bad causing really bad gas mileage--5 mpg,or it could be the fuel regulator bad.i wouldnt run it like it is,change parts ,the the oil before trying to start it to avoid a fire,be really careful!!

Apr 21, 2009 | 1992 Buick LeSabre

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Car fires up but wont start

does vehicle turn over ???,put battery on a trickle charge .Now you say it fires but will not run?? forget oil leak and thick oil this isnt the cause of it not starting.if it fires up but will not run then its more likely a fuel pump fault ,but thinking about it does this car have a factory immobiliser ,if it does then open and lock the door three times slowly then try starting the car within 15 secs of final unlocking of the door.

Jan 14, 2009 | 1991 Toyota Camry

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my guess would be a defective fuel pressure regulator, not 100% but i have seen that before ,usually a bad regulator will usually produce a rich (gas) smell and or very white thick exhaust smoke(raw unburned gas),almost the same appearance as smoke from a blown headgasket, and also usually if you hold the thottle to the floor,and crank it for several secs it sould start,if not another alteritive to getting it to start(as to check for white smoke) is to pull the fuel pump relay to stop fuel flow long enough to get it to fire,once it does replace fuel relay,and crank holding it to floor tiil it starts,hopefully this will help you ,good luck

Dec 12, 2008 | Mercury Cougar Cars & Trucks

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Was low on oil and wouldnt start. put in oil and still wont start. is sitting on a hill

Low on oil will NOT ever prevent an engine from starting - unless it is a small engine with oil shutoff.

Will not start is a fuel or spark problem...
So. start with fuel:
1: level in gas tank
2. fuel pump delivering it to the engine.

If you can get some gas in a squart bottle and spray it into the intake - and have some one crank it... if it fires, then it is gas and troubleshoot 1 and 2 above...
If it will not fire with gas injected directly into the intake, it may be spark.

1. Pull a plug wire and hold it near the gngine block. Have someone crank the engine and check for spark...
If none, look for bad coil, voltage to coil, etc. that circuit..l.

2. If spark at the wire (from 1 above) then assume timing... with out adequate oil, you may have distroyed the timing belt/chain tensioner (it uses oil pressure to stay tight). Check the timing (both ignition and cam). If the belt is gone, nothing will fire.

Best of luck - lots of possibilities here - so I just want to get you started in the right direction (and away from the oil issue) - besides, you said that you added oil - but not too much - since you cannot get a decent oil level check on a hill!!

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Honda Civic

just off the wall guess here but sounds like oil filter sending unit in the pan these get cloged with old sitting oil use a solution like warner mystery oil in pan with normal oil this will break down old oil after 500 miles replace oil and do it again for 3 + 500 mile oil changes this will help clean out the old oil
also you might have gotten your plug wires wrong in fireing order


May 15, 2008 | 1997 Honda Civic

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