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2012 holden cruze wont start

Discussion in 'Cruze' started by Tahlia96, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. Tahlia96

    Tahlia96 New Member

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    My brother in laws car broke down last night he was heading back home about 2 hours driving all up (1 hour each way break inbetween) when the car started over heating and kept turning off he started it again same problem about 4 times then the car just gave up abs and traction control flashing radio and interior lights still worked car would click when trying to start but wouldnt turn over even tried jump starting which didnt help

    Any ideas please let me know im not familiar with the engine layout on that car so not sure where to look for anything
     
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    Sounds like it is either seized or vapor locked.
     
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    Calaber Nil Bastardo Carborundum

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    The overheating sounds like the cause of the problem. All the other issues arose once the car overheated and restarting the engine only worsened the problem. The cause of overheating needs to be determined but it could and probably has caused further damage. Once the engine has cooled, check and refill the radiator, then try to restart the car. You said it wouldn't turn over but that could range from a flat battery to a seized motor. If the battery is charged and it turns over, at least the motor hasn't seized. You need to clarify these issues before proceeding any further.
     
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    If the engine did nip up it will probably un-nip when cold but it will be cactus.
     
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    He did take out his battery and charge it which hasnt helped and it still clicks but wont turn over ill get him to top up the radiator and see what happens
     
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    If it's not starting with a fully charged battery, water in the radiator isnt going to help.
     
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    So its probably buggered completely then or is there a chance its like the starter motor or even alternator?
     
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    Wont be the alternator. Starter is still trying to turn over the motor but is unable to due to high pressure.

    Does the motor spin by hand if you put a socket on the harmonic balancer?
     

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