Kia cerato 2004 overheated and shut off by itself. Car won't start, checked the spark plugs and only 1 looks to be burnt out. Could it be the head gasket that's to blame why it won't start now or could it be something a bit more simple like new spark plugs/leads and possibly new cylinders for the spark plugs to go back into?
My car has a manual transmission.
If the engine overheated until it stopped then you may have done internal engine damage that may require engine overhaul or replacement. You should have a coolant pressure test and engine compression test to get the condition of the engine before a full diagnosis can be done. Have the cooling system diagnosed also to see what caused the overheating in the first place. Once a full engine and cooling system diagnosis is done then a decision can be made to do the repairs needed to get the engine running again. Have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic do the analysis of the vehicle to see if repairs will exceed the vehicle’s value.
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