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2004 Nissan Altima Base 4dr Sedan 2.5 Manual

2004 Nissan Altima
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Compact
23 mpg city / 30 mpg hwy
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September 1, 2012, 8:34 am

Brandon W

Question: i had a cracked radiator changed car wont start..whats maybe the problem?

2002 Nissan Altima 2.5L 4cyl
So i has a radiator crack...bought a new radiator from autozone... Installed it and I put coolaint in the reservoir. I started my car tienes the a/c heat on high and ran it...was unsure if I needed coolaint in the actual radiator itself I called a friend and he confirmed yes...note: I only used One jug of coolaint filling the reservoir and putting the rest in the radiator....took the car for a spin yet started meter was at the H ... so cut it off let it cool...noticed when I came back to it all the reservoir coolaint was gone...checked under the car for a leak the ground was i added water since I was out of coolaint and crank it about 20 minutes later and it had a funny continuos jerk when in Drive so i let it run in Drive while my foot was on the break eventually it just turns off...when I try to recrank the engine turns but it just wont crank...

September 6, 2012, 9:59 pm

Richard W
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You have a blown head gasket now. There is coolant in the cylinder. Remove the spark plugs. Then tey to crank the engine. If it does it should spit out coolant from a clyinder. If it does not crank you have a starter or battery problem. If you do get it to crank install the spark plugs and start the engine. if you get a lot of white smoke out the tail pipe you have a blown head gasket.

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