No start

  • V8
  • 4WD
  • 205,000 MILES
Took my vehicle to get a smog repair on May 1st I had replaced the intake manifold due to coolant leak from what appear to be the coils or even perhaps the thermostat.
But upon turning the key to start the vehicle there was a crank but no start so this is the reason why I took the vehicle to the mechanic for the smog repair.
They call within an hour and say tabs off the ignition coils were broken they said they took off the manifold to make sure I put on the gaskets correctly but the gaskets are attached to the new manifold so there was no reason for that there was a vacuum leak. So they torqued down the manifold 'correctly', they said that I had the thermostat gasket on incorrectly. So they redid this for me. They checked all my hoses and did a full inspection and my car cleared for smog.
300 miles later I was driving on the freeway and from what they said a spark plug blew, and I needed a replacement. So I took truck back to this mechanic and they told me they had to rethread the hole for the new spark plug.
So within a month I spent over $1,000.00 with this mechanic.
So somewhat 3 weeks ago and 500 miles into a 24,000 mile warranty,
I have coolant all over my manifold once again appears to be coming out the thermostat again. One of the injector coils in the front of the fuel rail was missing the setting bolt, and car will not start, not even crank. My battery seems to be draining, and when I was troubleshooting the starting relay I swapped fuses with the blowing motor, before the swap car would take slowly, now after the swap I have a rapid tick coming from nearest to the steering column yet still under the hood of the car, doesn't sound nowhere near the starter or the starter solenoid, not even the fuse box.
Any ideas? Car radio and lights still work.
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Thursday, August 26th, 2021 AT 1:33 PM

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Is the noise loud enough for you to record and upload for me to hear? Also, have you contacted the repair shop to tell them about the reoccurring problem? They should be responsible for the leak.

I attached a pic below of the thermostat housing. There should be a heater control hose attached. Inspect it to see if that is where the leak came from.

Let me know.

Take care,


See pic below.
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Thursday, August 26th, 2021 AT 10:29 PM

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