my car overheated and now will not start on 1996 Ford Contour

it started yesterday morning. when i went to class, on my way my car just died when slowing down, then when i would put it in drive it would keep dying, so after about 2 hours,when i got off class, i went to start it and it did fine. on my way home which is maybe 4 miles from the school as i was pulling in the drive my car temp gage went up and then the car died and had steam coming out so i lifted the hood to let it cool off better. i waited about 4 hours. i went to work which is about 30 mile away and then it was fine. after i worked 8 hours i went to drive home and i was about 4 mile h0ome when my car just up and died. and was rollign with steam. now when i try to start it it acts like it wants to start but can not like its not getting gas.

by in Agency, IA on December 04, 2010
1 answer 2 comments
ANSWER by , December 04, 2010
Repeated over heating is a great way to destroy your engine and have may accomplished just that.
COMMENT by , December 04, 2010
but this was only the second time my car has ever overheated
COMMENT by , December 04, 2010
Unfortunately, that is all it takes with some engines. Have towed to repair shop and diagnosed.