I have a 1994 Saturn SL1 with an automatic transmission and 89,000 miles. The car was running fine, and then it suddenly died. I coasted it over to the side of the road and tried to restart it, but the engine would not turn over. My girlfriend was following me and said that the car did not smoke before it died. I thought perhaps the battery was dead, so I cleaned the terminals (bad move because it released any engine codes I might have had). The car would still not start, so I towed it home.
The battery turned out to have a full charge, so I removed the starter, jacked the front wheels off the ground, put a large wrench and breaker bar on the front pulley bolt, and tried to manually turn the engine over, but it would not budge. I drained the oil in the engine and tranny, and there were no metal shavings or broken pieces in it. I inspected the timing chain, and it is not broken.
I put the transmission in park (with the front wheels off the ground) and when I turned one front wheel, the other turned in the opposite direction. I put the tranny in drive, and when I turned one front wheel, the other did not turn.
That is as far as I have gotten. I have no idea why the engine won't turn over and appears to be froze. Incidently, when the engine died, the car did not sputter and jerk. It was running fine and then suddenly the engine died in an instant. Does anybody have any suggestions of what might be wrong with the car?
Sunday, November 5th, 2006 AT 3:11 PM