2001 Pontiac Sunfire wont turn over

Tiny
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  • 2001 PONTIAC SUNFIRE
Car just had an oil change, new starter, car broke down was smoking from the spark plug area. Not sure without seeing the car what out could be. Looking for suggestions on possible problems to help a fellow church member get back up and running.
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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 AT 8:28 PM

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Tiny
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When you say broke down, did it stop running completely or did you just pull over because of the smoke? If you had just had the oil change, they might have forgot to put an oil filter back on, accidentally double gasket the filter, or forgot the drain plug. Also they may of just spilt some oil and the exhaust manifolds would produce smoke because of this.

I would do is get the computer (OB2) scanned. This will make it easier to help in the diagnosis. Most auto part stores will do this for free. When you get the codes, write them down and let me know what they are. There are many problems that could create this symptom and without speculating for hours let's try this out first and I'll be happy to help you out in finding the problem.

Thanks, look forward to your reply

Sean
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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 AT 8:33 PM
Tiny
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He said it stopped running at his friends house, he changed the oil himself. He says out just clicks won't turn over. The smoke was coming from the area stings the spark plugs. It's been at his friends house since Nov. I'm going to try and look at it myself tomorrow. All the fluids are good.
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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 AT 8:51 PM
Tiny
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It sounds like the starter was not hooked up correctly causing the alternator not to recharge the battery. Check to see if you can jump start the van and if you can have the alternator tested.
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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 AT 8:54 PM
Tiny
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Ok, the van? The starter not being hooked up correctly shouldn't make the engine smoke though right? I mean I don't know everything about cars but I know a bit. By the way thanks for your help
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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 AT 9:00 PM
Tiny
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Scratch the van part! No that would have nothing to do with the smoke, however if he had just replaced the oil, the oil that spilled from removing the oil filter would cause this and often does. For any smoke to happen, a liquid typically is being burned. If it smelled like a sweet smell it was antifreeze. I would wait and get the starter problem fixed and then check to see if it continues to smoke.
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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 AT 9:03 PM
Tiny
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Ok, I'll check it tomorrow and see what I come up with. Thanks.
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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 AT 9:11 PM

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