Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Cranks but won't start

asked by on

I drove my car accidentally without the radiator cap on for 15 mins(rushing putting water in to go get someone) .it ran hot and just shut off.when tried to restart it it cranks but won't start and water is spraying from below the exhaust manifold look like coming from the block(in the front) it only sprays when try to start it

My car has 129000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello there, thank you for asking about you...

Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2004 Chevrolet Impala. Your car has a leak which has to be pinpointed and repaired. If by chance the leak is in the head gasket, the head gasket will have to be replaced but it will have to be determined if the head or block is warped (from overheating or other causes for that matter); you can't apply a head gasket to a warped block or head and a mechanic has to evaluate the flatness of those surfaces prior to attempting a repair. Your car is apparently not starting in the wake of this incident. If you want to have this checked by a certified mechanic, a technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to inspect your starting problem.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Loss of power in engine

The problem may lie within the fuel injection system from what you're describing. The injectors require a proper amount of fuel pressure and they also stick on some certain year models. Depending on the year you have, it may require...

Q: Brown stuff shooting out of radiator

You could either have air trapped in your cooling system, or you might have a bad head gasket. Based upon your description, I am leaning towards a bad head gasket. Testing the head gasket can be performed with a block...

Q: Engine clicks but won't start.

Hi, thanks for writing in. Your car is well known for having faulty starter motors. Since the battery is fine, it is very likely the your concern is due to a bad starter. Unfortunately, part of the intake manifold needs...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...