Q: Engine won't crank and seems like it is frozen.

asked by on January 05, 2016

Engine seems frozen and won't crank.

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If the engine is seized, it certainly will not crank. This can be checked by attaching a breaker bar to the crank pulley bolt and trying to turn the engine over by hand. A qualified technician from YourMechanic can perform this diagnosis for you to ensure your engine really is seized. You want to be 100% sure before condemning the engine - after all, engines aren’t cheap!

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