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Old 06-11-2019, 11:01 PM   #15
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Old starter had a bad solenoid, new one is good. But the engine is seized. Not sure what we'll do from here.

Mechanic said I could try one possibility, namely pull-towing it in neutral, then throwing it into gear to force the flywheel to turn. Said it could do damage, but probably not be any worse situation if it did. Any thoughts on that idea?
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Old starter had a bad solenoid, new one is good. But the engine is seized. Not sure what we'll do from here.

Mechanic said I could try one possibility, namely pull-towing it in neutral, then throwing it into gear to force the flywheel to turn. Said it could do damage, but probably not be any worse situation if it did. Any thoughts on that idea?
A " mechanic " said that ???

Throwing an automatic in gear to start an engine hasn't worked since the 60s, and not on a seized engine.

Engine needs to be replaced or rebuilt.
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He's a good mechanic, just felt bad for us and passed that along as a throwaway idea. He wasn't saying to try to *start* the engine that way, but that there's a remote chance it could free up a seized engine. The new starter was doing its job, torquing against but not turning the flywheel.

Thanks for your thoughts.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:11 AM   #18
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So sorry. Thanks for feedback.
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Seized engine... that is too bad. I really feel bad about that and for your situation. I gotta ask if it overheated and seized or if it was a lack of oil?

I think it was my brother years ago who had good luck freeing up a seized motor. He poured diesel or some oil/penetrant down the spark plug holes, let it sit, and then took large breaker bar attached to the crank pulley and pulled for all he was worth.

Now I know I sound like a hack.

Regardless, motor is more or less done for. All that talk about electricity and it was locked up the whole time.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:33 AM   #20
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Yes, I saw a YouTube video that showed that worked in a particular case. Worth a try, I'm sure. Lack of oil, stupid neglect! Must have a slow leak.

My wife is an invalid, so it's a fair bit more complex to deal with the situation.
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