Q: Car overheated then died now won't start

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Car overheated , died, now it won't start

My car has 180000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi There, Depending on how long the engine overheated for, this may suggest you have a blown head gasket. A blown head gasket may cause a number of different symptoms. Coolant in the engine oil, an engine misfire or oil leaking from the engine could all be a symptom. Each of these symptoms could also have other causes and an actual blown head gasket may show none of the above symptoms. Symptoms will often vary considerably, depending on how the gasket fails. Head gaskets may fail in several different ways. With each failure type different symptoms may result. The symptoms each person sees depend on how and where the head gasket fails. Head gaskets may fail in several different ways. For example, a restricted radiator may cause an engine to overheat, very much the same as a head gasket failure. Often times, intake gaskets will fail causing coolant to leak into the oil. When the head gasket is damaged enough to a point where it fails to properly seal the combustion chamber resulting in little or no compression, this will cause the vehicle not to start as you have described. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to properly diagnose the symptoms you describe.

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