2001 Chrysler Sebring Clueless

Tiny
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  • 2001 CHRYSLER SEBRING
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 119,000 MILES
My engine died at a stop light earlier this week, and clues suggest that it blew due to the lack of oil in it, that I failed to catch. But looking further into the problem, an engine blow doesn't seem like what happened. I tried starting the car a few times, it wouldnt go. I barely even noticed it had stopped, considering it made no noise, no sudden jerk, no smoke, nothing, I looked down and saw I wasnt idleing, and realized it had shut off. The fan was dry, the oil dipstick had a clear glaze and a very very light brown tint to it, considering there wasnt much oil in it. There was no smoke coming from my engine nor the exhaust, no liquids leaking onto the ground on the engine compartment. Everything looked perfectly fine. The mechanics said they put 4q of oil in it and tried to start it up, but it didnt work, so they were going to continue to dig into it this morning. From what I described to a mech-savy buddy of mine, he says it sounds like a seal busted, and my car seized up. What do you all think? Any input would be GREATLY appreciated!
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Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 AT 11:28 AM

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Tiny
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If a seal failed and oil ran out it would be all over the place, you say it shows no signs of leak. No oil light came on? No knocking? And it was 4 qts down which is1/2 qts of 100% I cannot see any reason why it is not blown. Kind of a moot point because you need a new mill.
Have a compression test done that will tell if it's lunched. You may want to be there. If engine turns over then lack of oil makes no sense engine would have siezed.
Let me know this is a good one
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Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 AT 2:00 PM
Tiny
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Ok so we just got off the phone with the mechanics and they said that they are completely clueless on whats wrong with my Sebring. They said that fuel pump, pressure, etc is fine, spark plugs, headers, timing belt, etc is fine, and that my engine is getting a spark, but still not completely kicking on. They said everything looks A-OK, but they just cannot figure out whats wrong, and whats causing my car not to completely start. So after 2 days of digging through my car, nothing productive has come. That's as much information as Ive got at the moment, they said they will be looking through it tomorrow as well.
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Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 AT 4:21 PM
Tiny
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Did they run a compression test? If so what were the readings
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Thursday, March 12th, 2009 AT 1:58 PM
Tiny
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They had called us back earlier today and finally were able to figure something out. They said they had ran it through everything they could and still found out nothing. Then decided to pull the side of the motor, and figured out that it had to be from the Timing Belt Assembly, not so much the belt, but I guess the entire assembly itself. That is the only thing they could come up with, a $500 fix.
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Thursday, March 12th, 2009 AT 9:05 PM
Tiny
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Been away a few days how did it all work out?
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Monday, March 16th, 2009 AT 12:57 PM
Tiny
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Great. Got my car back today and it runs the best it has since I got it. Im sure the previous owner did nothing to maintain it, and replaced nothing when it came time to, unfortunate for me. But all is well that ends well!
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Monday, March 16th, 2009 AT 7:42 PM
Tiny
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Great news hope you have smooth sailing.
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 AT 7:58 AM

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