Car died without warning and will not restart

Tiny
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
  • 1.7L
  • 200,000 MILES
While driving no noise or any other warnings the car dust died and wont turn over tries, but wont.
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Friday, December 2nd, 2016 AT 9:47 AM

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Tiny
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Check for oil in engine first it may be locked up then see if you can turn engine over by hand. If you can then have battery checked for condition including load test. Then get starter tested.
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Friday, December 2nd, 2016 AT 12:02 PM
Tiny
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Thank you
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Friday, December 2nd, 2016 AT 2:03 PM
Tiny
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Hey CHOPPER120,

It sounds like the battery could have shorted out. Do the headlight come on?

Here is a guide that will help you figure out what's wrong.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start

Please run some tests and get back to us so we can continue helping you.

Best, Ken

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Saturday, December 10th, 2016 AT 11:40 AM
Tiny
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I pulled the spark plugs and bad all four cylinders have water in them ! I checked the oil again no signs of water in the crank case, so maybe head gasket, or racked head. It seems that her radiator reservoir was cracked and she was having to add water as she drove it. She got it to hot more than likely.
Ok new game what needs to happen pull the head, to see if it's the head or gasket it is an aluminum head. Being an aluminum head it could of just warped couldn't it? But probably wouldn't have water in all 4 cylinders would it if that happened. So pull the head. The oil doesn't look like water has gotten into it it needs changed like 5000 miles ago but not milky or any signs of water.. Pull the head next step?
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Sunday, December 11th, 2016 AT 2:53 AM
Tiny
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You have to pull the head to see what is wrongit lso depends on what engine is in it as one has overhead cam other doesn't. See pic that is for a 2.2l without overhead cam. Once off check for cracks or have amaching shop do that as you do not know how hot it got.
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Sunday, December 11th, 2016 AT 4:23 PM

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