2002 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2sx
Won,t turn over

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pete8434
Driver
2 points

Problem added: May 25, 2013 (7 years ago)
car overheated on motorway and towed home.oil level has gone up so headgasket problem i assume.now car wont turn over, pistons all working freely, if turned over in gear car moves but no action in neautral. have tested starter all ok spinning freely but not turning flywheel i,m clutching at straws

Car details
Car: Vauxhall Corsa
Variant: 1.2sx
Model Year: 2002
Category: Gearbox & Clutch
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whittingehame
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16,849 points

May 25, 2013 (7 years ago)
Cant understand post .You say pistons are working freely and then say car wont turn over .Car must be turning over if pistons are turning .You also say starter is o.k but not turning flywheel .Is starter meshing with flywheel ring gear or just spinning on starter pinion shaft ? If overheated and depending where head gasket gone , compressions may be knackered on a couple of cylinders.Could have also done rings or engine could hydraulic if water in sump .
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pete8434
Driver
2 points

May 26, 2013 (7 years ago)
hi, will try and clarify my original question, i have taken plugs out and pushed car in gear and all pistons moving freely. but when tried to start with key nothing, have taken starter off and tested , have found it to be spinning freely and shooting out to engage flywheel.i realise after overheating there could be a compression problem but am puzzled as to why it wont start on key. my next option is to tow start
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