Engine stops while driving on 2005 Honda Odyssey

It doesn't shows it was hot, not make noise, simply shuts down after about 3 minutes I left home. One mechanic says the engine is dead, but he didn't opened it! Also he tried several times to start it and the starter get burned! I want to know if there are other possibilities to search for, because it makes me no sense! Thanks!

by in Las Piedras, PR on November 26, 2009
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ANSWER by on November 26, 2009
Any engine can suffer catastrophic failure or suddenly loose oil pressure due to a failure in the lubrication system or experience some over heating issue that could cause it to run hot and subsequently cause engine failure but this kind of failure is pretty remote. Remove the spark plugs from the engine and see if the engine cranks over with no spark plugs in the engine. If a head gasket failed perhaps the engine is "hydraulic locking" coolant enters and fills up the cylinder not allowing the engine to crank over. If coolant is in the cylinder on cranking the engine over with the plugs out coolant will gush out the spark plug hole that the cylinder is filled with coolant but your mechanic needs to perform some diagnostic tests before condemning the engine as being dead! Is there engine oil showing on the dipstick.
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