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For weeks there had been a loud gas odor inside and outside the car, I was told it was a gas leak in the gas tank so I bought a used one and had it put on. A week or so later after putting gas the car would not start, I was then told it was a fuel pump issue. I bought a brand new one and when the mechanic came to fix it he stated it was not that it was due to the chip in the car key not working. Now I am being told the entire motor is locked and I am unsure as to how.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. Used parts always present the possibility of additional concerns, depending upon the condition. However, they also allow us to perform a repair at a discounted price of the part; always a plus in my book! Does the engine crank? Has the battery been tested? Have a battery test performed with a digital battery tester that provides current voltage, cold cranking amps, and state of health. Has the alternator been tested? A proper test performed on the alternator can determine if a weakened alternator has allowed a decrease in the battery voltage available to start the engine. If the battery and alternator are ok, then there could other underlying issues. I strongly suggest having a qualified technician perform an inspection to properly assess the cause and avoid replacing unnecessary parts. Your Mechanic has several technicians available that can assist you with a car does not start inspection.

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