2000 Chevy Cavalier Need direction as to what is wriong wit

Tiny
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 138,000 MILES
My car was leaking anitfreeze, couldn't see where. It over heated twice and now it won't start. Attempts to, but, won't crank over. Can you direct me as to what to do?
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Sunday, November 30th, 2008 AT 12:41 AM

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Tiny
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Hi there,

You may have a hydraulic lock, this is when coolant fills a cylinder as the valves are closing pull the spark plugs and turn by HAND. If no water check starter and battery, start here.

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Sunday, November 30th, 2008 AT 12:57 AM
Tiny
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I was told it was a fuel pump. But, it sounds more like a gasket to me?
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Sunday, November 30th, 2008 AT 1:01 AM
Tiny
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Hi there,

If the car had a faulty fuel pump, it would still crank over, I would be checking for coolant in the combustion chambers.

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Sunday, November 30th, 2008 AT 1:51 AM
Tiny
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That's what I thought. Now what's it take to fix it?
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Sunday, November 30th, 2008 AT 1:54 AM
Tiny
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Hi there,

The head will have to be removed, crack tested, checked for warp and twist & pressure tested and re surfaced, all these are standard procedure s to ensure that the head is 100% serviceable again.

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Sunday, November 30th, 2008 AT 2:51 AM
Tiny
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So, then, do you believe it to be a head gasket job to fix the reason why it won't start? It couldn't be the timing could it? Problem again; was leaking anti-freeze, can't find leak, over-heated twice, then, won't start. Can you recomend some one in my area to fix it cheap? Wellington, OH?
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Sunday, November 30th, 2008 AT 6:58 AM
Tiny
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Sorry I cant recommend anyone as I live in Australia. But I would just ask friends who they use as word of mouth is the best way to find a good mechanic,

Mark.
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Sunday, November 30th, 2008 AT 2:34 PM

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