WONT START, ENGINE CRANKS BUT WONT START EVEN WITH STARTER FLUID

  • Tiny
  • HumbleHut
  • 1997 FORD AEROSTAR
  • 200,000 MILES

So to take it back to the start, the van was overheating but I didnt have the money at the time so I just kept adding water to it. It just died on me one day and I have not been able to get it started again. I replaced the head gaskets(there was a couple quarts of water in the oil pan), I have tested that it is in the right position, there is spark and there is fuel. So that is a compression issue correct? What could this be? I was told that I now have valve problems and should just replace the motor. I dont know why but that seems wrong to me. Even if it is a valve couldnt I replace it?

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Thursday, April 25th, 2013 AT 4:08 AM

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  • Tiny
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If you drove it to the point that it stopped running due to water in the oil, they you have likely wasted the whole motor now. Take a compression test to get an idea about that.

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Thursday, April 25th, 2013 AT 5:51 AM

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