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Old 09-24-2017, 11:18 PM   #5
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2000 L-Series 2.2L Sedan
Default Re: Saturn Aura XE 3.5l Engine seized

I was in a bit of a hurry when I put up my previous post.

The presence of powertrain diagnostic trouble codes (P---- series DTCs) have generally no relation to an engine's seizing up. The most common reasons for this occurance are due to,
1) overheating, or
2) inadequate engine lubrication (insufficinet amount of engine oil).
Some parts may become warped, or they may become fused together. fdryer rightly points out that this is a catastrophic engine failure.

Many years ago a vehicle was towed into my father's service station in Pasadena. Its engine had been severly overheated. My father's lead mechanic diagnosed it very quickly and confirmed that the engine had seized. It's not difficult to for a mechanic to reach this conclusion. Look it up on line for yourself.

See the articles linked below. If indeed this engine has seized then the likely options ahead of you are,
1) rebuilding/replacing the engine, or
2) replacing the car completely.


To the best of your knowledge, what is this car's maintenance history - namely, but not limited to, oil changes?

https://www.bishopsautoparts.com/con...s-engine-seize

https://www.quora.com/What-happens-w...ne-gets-seized

http://www.aa1car.com/library/us697.htm

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