99 Taurus overheated now just turns but won't start


Asked by Jul 25, 2014 at 11:24 AM about the 1999 Ford Taurus SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I was driving on the expressway when I loss power the engine revved up but then cut off
when I released the gas petal. I opened the hood and it was boiling over with water. I let it
cool down but it still will not crank just turns. I have good fuel pressure and good spark I
just don't understand what went wrong

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Does the engine sound like it has any compression when cranking, or does it just spin really easy? Do a compression test. You could have blown the head gaskets, cracked the heads, collapsed the piston rings. Today's engines run so hot that any increase in temps can cause engine damage.

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Yes the engine does spin freely but there is no water on the oil stick when I checked it

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Thank you I believe I will have to valve cover gaskets will that keep the compression down too


OK I would still run a compression test, it still could be head gaskets it is just that they have blown between cylinders and not into a water passage

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Ok thank you


Oh how do I do a compression test?

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Remove the spark plugs, screw in compression tester, unplug ignition coil or distributor connector, crank engine 3 to 5 seconds, write down cylinder number and gauge reading, do this to all cylinders.

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My car over heated but I have good compression but still won't start butbtrying what do I do the oil is find

I have a 2001 ford mercury it over heated but have good compression the oil is fine but won't crank what do I do

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