Head gasket

Asked by Mar 09, 2017 at 10:05 PM about the 2003 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have 2003 Nissan Altima and
(Again)..I have a blown head
gasket...But now we have located
that of course and also what's
causing it..And have a good plan
to repair/replace them,but on this
car ...It won't start up at all so I
can fix it ..Why is it not cranking
with a gasket problem...Please
reply ...I'm lost  and sad and need
help ..Thank you

3 Answers


Maybe the head is warped which is causing the head gasket problem. Make sure it is check for flatness and warp before reinstalling it. I would go ahead and replace the head bolts too.


Sounds like you want to crank it to repair it. Is the plan to use Pharma grade NA40 sodium silicate AKA Liquid Glass? If its a stick shift manual pull it with another car and dump the clutch until it cranks with key turned to on, but have thermostat out and everything else ready to do it correctly. There is a little known exact way to do this so you do not mess up your ride. If it is a product off the shelf at a store other than an online store that sells the pharma grade, I would not trust it.


One of the cylinders may be filled with coolant. The coolant won't compress so the engine won't crank. Remove all the spark plugs and try to crank it. This will allow the coolant to be forced out of the spark plug holes as you crank the engine. HTH. -Jim

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