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Jeeper24
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Oct 18, 2020, 11:54 AM

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2000 Acura 3.2 litre TL
Rad was frozen, it started and ran for about 20 minutes then died.
I thawed out and drained the rad refilled with antifreeze checked for leaks and tried to restart, no luck. Turns over but wont fire.


Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 18, 2020, 12:18 PM

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Re: 2000 acura wont start after frozen Sign In

Two problems if it froze for real. YOU DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING IN IT FOR CORROSION! Bad news for all parts touching coolant. If it froze just overnight (29F here for a low) wasn't enough would need colder but if you ran it with defog/defrost at that or lower fan should come on super cooled radiator may have frozen that to bust or just not flow and OVERHEAT because of it.
If you saved any coolant to test just where was the level at or plain water known? Can't get away with it but remains unknown without testing cooling system now if tight (pressure test for leaks) and find one it did get hot enough see what fell out, spark maybe begin with testing for that something got wet in an unseen overheat?? A guess,


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Hammer Time
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Oct 18, 2020, 12:29 PM

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Re: 2000 acura wont start after frozen Sign In

If the radiator froze, what makes you think the engine didn't also?

You could have easily cracked the block or the head. I would pull the the spark plug and see if they are fouled with coolant.



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Jeeper24
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Oct 18, 2020, 12:42 PM

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Re: 2000 acura wont start after frozen Sign In

I am in
Edmonton,Alberta, Canada and it had a very small rad leak all last winter and i would replenish it with anti freeze but during the summer i just used water and so it was pretty much just water so when the weather turned cold i didnt change it in time and it froze. would anything automatically cut out because of freezing because when it turns over it doesnt sound like it used to....it sounds kind of tinny if that makes any sense.


Double J
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Oct 18, 2020, 12:51 PM

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Re: 2000 acura wont start after frozen Sign In

I'll offer my guess....
If in fact it was frozen, Maybe the Water pump was frozen and took out the timing belt


Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 18, 2020, 12:54 PM

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You just got lucky for off season with a known leak. LEAK also means it boils at close to 212F even with antifreeze-coolant without pressure raises the boiling point. These run near that in spots would be bubbles and begin self destruction!


Check away at the condition but smacks of an overheat while cold couldn't circulate even the water was red hot probably in spots now just unknown how damaged what is without the full test of engine mechanically, see what plain busted. Ice wins, you lose,


Tom



Hammer Time
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Oct 18, 2020, 3:19 PM

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DJ is probably right and if he is, your motor is history now.



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Jeeper24
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Oct 18, 2020, 3:19 PM

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Thanks for all the help at least i have a couple of things to look for.
Thanks everyone


Jeeper24
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Oct 20, 2020, 10:49 AM

Post #9 of 10 (138 views)
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Had a mechanic look at it....engine is turning over timing belt is not moving $1000 more to see if the timing chain is broken then could be the engine is toast if the piston has hit the valves.....does this sound right to anybody?? Just wanted to check to see if i fix or donate it to the Kidney Foundation.


Hammer Time
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Oct 20, 2020, 11:29 AM

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Re: 2000 acura wont start after frozen Sign In

It's not only right but highly probable too.

If the timing belt has gone out of time, then you can be sure the valves are bent and the engine is toast.

All this could have been avoided by simply fixing the coolant leak and keeping coolant in the car.



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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Oct 20, 2020, 11:30 AM)






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