Engine overheated on the freeway, it lost power and knocked a few times, shut off and will not start?

Tiny
CHUCK LIPPINCOTT
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  • 1999 TOYOTA 4RUNNER
  • 3.4L
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 275,000 MILES
I let it cool off, my radiator blew up. It turned over but will not start. Did it blow something by overheating? No water in oil. It just turns over. What do I need to check to see why? I need it for work. Thanks, God bless you.
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Monday, August 15th, 2022 AT 2:21 PM

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Tiny
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Hi,

It really matters how badly it overheated. By chance, could you record it cranking and upload it for me to hear? I'm questioning if we have a head gasket issue.

Also, if when cranking it sounds normal to you, see if it starts if you use starting fluid. If it does and then stalls, it's fuel related. If there is no change, check to see if there is spark to the plugs. Here is a link explaining how that is done:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-for-ignition-spark

Let me know.

Joe
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Monday, August 15th, 2022 AT 8:33 PM

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