Mechanics

WONT START

1999 Ford Taurus

Engine Mechanical problem
1999 Ford Taurus 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 146000 miles

I DROVE MY CAR ABOUT 50 MILES WHEN IT OVERHEATED AND DIED NOW IT WONT START. WHAT COULD BE THE PROBLEM
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Bikertrash
September 4, 2010.



That depends on how hot you got it. If you got it hot enough to make it stop running, then you have likely fried the engine. They don't like heat at all.

Take a compression test to determine how bad it is.

Wrenchtech
Sep 4, 2010.
Blown head gaskets cracked or warped heads. Check for coolant oil mixture also can remove spark plugs 1 by 1 try to start the car and see if it spits coolant out of the spark plug chamber if it dows then you blew the gaskets. Hopefully thats the extent of the damage

Tiny
Youknowmyname67
Sep 17, 2010.
I will repeat that if it was driven until it stopped running, then it likely has severe cylinder and piston damage along with the blown head gasket so I don't advice putting a bunch of time and money into it only to find out it was wasted.

Wrenchtech
Sep 17, 2010.
Wrench. You know how to work on cars here thats understandable, people on here are looking for fixes without spending $1600 at a shop. There is no cost in checking on the blown head gasket. On the flip side, starting the vehicle after getting the coolant out of the chambers etc will eliminate if the engine is fried or not. Simple instruction giving every option to someone is more helpful then a discouraging remark of your engine is fried replace it over a $60 gasket set from autozone and some wrench time. Yes he can use the compression tool and when he has no compression hey great blown head gasket now what else is wrong will the car run after its replaced etc. Get the coolant out of the chambers and start the car if it runs your fine replace your gaskets machine your heads and be happy if it doesnt then go with wrench's advice and replace your engine

Tiny
Youknowmyname67
Sep 17, 2010.
Also wrench, I am not trying to argue or discredit you I realise my posts seem a little beligerant, thats not my intention I am just giving other advice I know this because I have done 3 taurus' this month who all had the same problem. Blown head gaskets I just dont want someone to think right away they need to replace the engine

Tiny
Youknowmyname67
Sep 17, 2010.
If they hadn't driven it until it stopped, I wouldn't have suggested it either but they did.

Wrenchtech
Sep 17, 2010.
True I am just hoping for his sake his chambers just flooded. My expiriences have been pretty bad from most forums with a simple its fried replace it etc nothing personal. Hopefully chambers just flooded out and died do to the coolant and couldnt fire.

Tiny
Youknowmyname67
Sep 17, 2010.