why won't my engine turn?


Asked by dominium May 14, 2013 at 05:27 PM about the 1978 Fiat 124 Spider

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

my fuel pump went out on my 78 spider, (fuel got into my oil), I replaced it and flushed out oil 3 times and on the 3rd I tried starting it and it just froze up, it wouldnt even turn.. any ideas?

4 Answers


What method did you use to "flushed out oil "? Remove the spark plugs. Squirt a little oil in each cylinder and try turning the engine over by hand to see if it moves in either direction.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

I just flushed oil out of engine block, haven't touched spark plugs


I agree with 10speed, but you will probably need to be prepared to do some lower end repairs. Once gas gets into the oil system, it acts as a real strong detergent and will totally remove any lubricants from the pores in the rod and main bearings. Depending on how long the gas was in the engine oil while running will determine how severe the damage will be to the bearings and crankshaft. If the engine doesn't turn with the plugs removed, you will need to drop the oil pan and start to loosen the rod and main bearing caps. Try to turn the engine over with a socket and ratchet on the crankshaft pulley after you loosen the rod and main bearing caps one at a time. Remember; if you remove the caps; they will need to be marked and be put back on the same crank journal the same direction, and be torqued to O.E.M. specs. Good Luck!.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

thank you all you guys for your advise, was very helpful, it all made me do a more thorough check on all engine and found a small crack in one of the ports in the head, so I dismounted it and it was small enough to weld and re-machined, fortunately I am an engineer and have a excellent machinist that does exceptional quality work and except for cosmetic work which is next project, the car is running like new now it had only 30,000 original. Thank you all again,

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • engine won't turn over 4 answers

    I purchased a 1975 fiat 124, the starter turns over, but the motor does not, if I put it n gear and let out the clutch, the starter will move the car, so the starter is turning over the flywheel, but ...

    Fiat 124 Spider


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Fiat spider electrical 1 answer

    When starting 1982 fiat spider, with key on, sometimes the alternator light won't illuminate, and the fuel injunction circuit isn't getting power, so it won't start. Any idea of which solenoid is n...

    1982 Fiat 124 Spider


    Maintenance & Repair

  • What is wrong with my cooling system? 4 answers

    I have a 1981 Fiat Spider 2000. I had a cooling issue where the temp gage in the dash would show approximately 190 degrees while driving. Then sitting at a stop light, the temperature would rise ...

    1981 Fiat 124 Spider


    Maintenance & Repair

  • My 1981 Fiat Spider is now sputtering and coughing After cleaning the engine. Help!! 3 answers

    1. I sprayed engine degreaser all over the engine and bay, let it sit for 15min, then sprayed it off with a lot of water. I started it and drove it to heat everything up so the water would evapor...

    1981 Fiat 124 Spider


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Engine replacement 3 answers

    I blew the head gasket on my spyder, love the engine noise, HATE the power and fuel economy. was thinking about a honda s2000 engine, but dont like the drone of modern glasspack boy racer cars. this ...

    1979 Fiat 124 Spider


    Car Customization

124 Spider
Looking for a Used 124 Spider in your area?
CarGurus has 18 nationwide 124 Spider listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

Search Fiat 124 Spider Questions

Fiat 124 Spider Experts

#1 jamnblues
Reputation 40
#2 Charbelm
Reputation 30
#2 Authurfang
Reputation 30
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Alfa Romeo Spider"
44 listings starting at $4,200
Used Fiat X1/9"
1 listing
Used Porsche 911"
170 Great Deals out of 4,502 listings starting at $12,990
Used Ford Mustang"
657 Great Deals out of 42,225 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Corvette"
261 Great Deals out of 14,737 listings starting at $3,999
Used Honda Civic"
818 Great Deals out of 56,871 listings starting at $999
Used Chevrolet Camaro"
452 Great Deals out of 26,429 listings starting at $2,950