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2004 Ford Escape Limited 4dr 103 WB

2004 Ford Escape
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door, 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
19 mpg city / 25 mpg hwy
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November 20, 2012, 6:04 pm

Christy B
 

Question: Could my engine be seized?

While on a roadtrip, my car started making a rhythmic thwacking sound, like cards in a bike wheel spoke. By the next day, the sounds actually went away except when I first started my car for a couple of seconds. However, after 2 days, the car started the sound again except louder and the engine started running roughly. The idle rapidly became rougher and rougher until the car died at a light, at which point I started it up again to get around the corner and into a parking spot, where it again died. I've had it looked at and been told that the engine seized. But, from my understanding, I would not be able to turn it over, let alone start it again if that was the case. Could my engine be seized?


December 4, 2012, 10:26 am

Elizabeth K
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You are correct. If you can turn it over at all, it's not seized. It could still be damaged, but no mechanic would use the word 'seized' to describe a different problem. It sounds like the person who told you that is either ignorant, or a con-artist.


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