Car overheated check engine light flashing, temp red lined

Tiny
VLNORTH43
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  • 1998 ACURA CL
  • 2.3L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
Car overheated check engine light was flashing and temp gage red lined. Replaced the radiator, spark plugs, spark plugs wires. It started took on short drive, came back shut it off and re-started it. It ran fine and sounded great. 4 hours later I went out tried to start it and it would turn over but not start. It sounds like it wants to start but it wont start.
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Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 AT 3:36 AM

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Tiny
WRENCHTECH
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All "crank, no start" conditions are approached in the same way. Every engine requires certain functions to be able to run. Some of these functions rely on specific components to work and some components are part of more than one function so it is important to see the whole picture to be able to conclude anything about what may have failed. Also, these functions can ONLY be tested during the failure. Any other time and they will simply test good because the problem isn't present at the moment.
If you approach this in any other way, you are merely guessing and that only serves to replace unnecessary parts and wastes money.

Every engine requires spark, fuel and compression to run. That's what we have to look for.

These are the basics that need to be tested and will give us the info required to isolate a cause.

1) Test for spark at the plug end of the wire using a spark tester. If none found, check for power supply on the + terminal of the coil with the key on.

2) Test for injector pulse using a small bulb called a noid light. If none found, check for power supply at one side of the injector with the key on.

3) Use a fuel pressure gauge to test for correct fuel pressure, also noticing if the pressure holds when key is shut off.

4) If all of these things check good, then you would need to do a complete compression test.

Once you have determined which of these functions has dropped out,
you will know which system is having the problem.
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Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 AT 5:31 AM
Tiny
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If your engine overheated you may very well have a blown head gasket. The cylinders may have flooded with coolant creating the no-start. You might try pulling the plugs to check for fouling.
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Monday, March 3rd, 2014 AT 8:07 AM
Tiny
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That will show up on the compression test.
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Monday, March 3rd, 2014 AT 2:33 PM

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