car will not start on 2004 Dodge Stratus

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.

by in Cincinnati, OH on July 24, 2010
1 answer 1 comment
ANSWER by on July 24, 2010
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 by on July 24, 2010
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:
i have a '96 dodge Stratus SE 2.0L with a manual transmission. my car wont start. When I compress my clutch pedal, and turn my key to the start position it will click at my PDC, but wont send juice...
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,...
Car won't turn over. Battery is good
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????
I replaced my oil filter but my car still didn't start it sound like that the starter is out because when the oil spilled it got into the starter so is that's why it not starting