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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-23-2018, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Engine froze, now it won't start. 2000 ES 2.4L

Back in December we had a real bad snow storm and the front of my 2000 ES 2.4L got covered in snow. I cleared out around the car and hit the remote start to warm it up so I could move it. It wouldn't start.

I cleared out the rest of the snow, got in it and tried to start it but it would only crank. So I popped the hood and found that snow had somehow gotten up under the front of the car and covered the whole engine.

Snow covered engine: https://imgur.com/a/YmctPSG

It hasn't run since. It'll crank but won't fire up. I've checked:
- Got spark? Yes. Even tried changing the plugs and coils.
- Got fuel? Yes. Even tried using some starter fluid but it won't even pretend to start.
- Got air? Yes
- Timing belt still in one piece? Yes. I pulled the top cover off and it's all there and it spins when cranking.
- Got compression? Yes, it's consistent across all 4 cylinders.
- Replaced the cam sensor. No difference.
- No codes are being recorded.
- Changed the fuel pump relay. No difference.

I've got some time to work on it but am not sure what I should be looking for.

Could the timing belt have jumped a tooth? What would the symptoms be? Would it be harder to crank? Would it be making funky noises?
Could the crank sensor have gone bad? The ECU maybe?

I bought a beater to get around but really like the Galant and want to get it running again. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-24-2018, 10:23 AM
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Check your intake for things like damage MAF, stuck butterfly in the thottle body, maybe got water in the engine etc


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Anybody?
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Check your intake for things like damage MAF, stuck butterfly in the thottle body, maybe got water in the engine etc
I tried disconnecting the MAF, shouldn't it at least start without it? The butterfly is not stuck.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-30-2019, 11:13 AM
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That list of symptoms is so like my car!

The engine I simply cut as I was parking, and has never started since. No engine codes.

Nine months previous it stopped if I went through a deep puddle in torrential rain, but it started again inside a minute. A month later, it cut and then mysteriously started going when the recovery truck arrived. My mechanics could find nothing wrong.

So I replaced the distributor cap because it had worn contacts. I replaced the rotor arm because part of the contact had chipped off. I checked the compression, and I replaced spark plugs and leads while the inlet manifold was off. Another mechanic checked the crankshaft position sensor and the keys and the immobilizer key.

They sent the ECU off for testing, a fault was found and repaired, and I'm waiting for it to come back. I'll let you know!
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The repaired ECU was not enough to make it start, so we're trying a new camshaft sensor.
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