2004 Dodge Stratus Q&A

2004 Dodge Stratus Question: car will not start

while on lunch break my car died and will not start again. the starter works and turns the fly wheel but the crank shaft doesn't turn. And i can't turn the crank by putting a ratchet on it either. Does this mean the motor is locked up or is there a sensor that could be out? Any help or ideas would really be appeciated. David C. -
Answer 1
Check for oil in the engine, and coolant in the radiator but for the engine to have seized up you would have noticed a loss of power over heating and pining prior to the engine stalling. Take out the spark plugs and see if you can still turn the engine over with the hand brake only on. It doesn't make sense that the starter turns the flywheel yet the crank pulley cannot be rotated unless something serious has happened to the nose of the crankshaft or the crankshaft pulley. The fan belt may have to be taken off for closer inspection of the pulley. -
Comment 1
It does have oil in it and coolant in the radiator. There did seem to be a loss of power over the last few weeks before it died. But, I was just sitting in idle when it died. Do you know if there is a sensor that would lock the crank shaft if it went bad? -
Related Items:
Car won't turn over. Battery is good
My car just started acting up on me today. I admit, I am not very good at knowing when to check stuff out or change stuff. I am clueless. My car runs like a champ when I am going at a steady speed,...
...to anything. i have checked everything on my charging system and have replaced my alternator, starter, and have a brand new battery. my relays and fuses are all good. my multi-meter is telling me...
It takes a while for the engine to start for the first time everyday but once it starts i don't have any problems starting it the rest of the day, go figure????