Engine Cooling problem
1998 Chevy Cavalier 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 90000 miles
2200 SPI engine, OHV. Car is stock. Car overheated and towed home. Replaced thermostat to fix overheat and found that the engine cranks but won't start. Tried to jump start the battery, did not start. Replaced spark plugs, did not start. Did a compression test: 100 95 50 120. Noticed coolant leak under the exhaust manifold when cranking. Used a vacuum pump on each cylinder (spark plugs removed) and extracted coolant. Most coolant found in cylinder 2 (95 on comp test). I understand that either the head gasket is blown or the head may be warped, but would that cause a no start when I'm still getting decent compression? Shouldn't it turn over and then start to smoke? My intent is to replace the head gasket, but I want to make sure that I can get the car to turn over. Please help!
(same model, not actual car)
have the same problem?
Thursday, March 20th, 2008 AT 10:44 AM