• Tiny
  • ryanshaw
  • 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt
  • 197,000 miles

While driving at freeway speed car overheated, I stopped and added coolant, as it was low. Temp light went off. Later same day overheated again, as I pulled into a turn lane to get off of the freeway the cobalt died and wouldn't start again, some smoke coming from eng. Compartment. Now when I try to start it all I hear is (I think) the sound of the starter spinning. Car has 197,000 overall, but I replaced the engine with one that had approx. 40,000 on it about 10-12,000 miles ago. Replacement engiune was out of a Ion from Canada.

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 AT 5:13 PM

1 Answer

  • Tiny
  • KHLow2008
  • Expert
  • 41,976 posts

The overheating has most probably blown the head gasket and this has resulted in low compression which would not allow the engine tio be started. Get a compression test to determine if the cmpression is within specs.

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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 AT 5:31 PM

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