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Old 10-16-2017, 05:41 PM   #14
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2003 L-Series 3.0L Sedan
Default Re: Saturn Aura XE 3.5l Engine seized

Starters rarely if ever 'lockup' when they're more likely to fail by not working like clicking or intermittently working/not working. One rare failure occurs when you hear a sound like a jet engine, whining at high frequency. The starter gear breaks internally and cannot turn over the engine but the starter motor winds up to make a jet engine sound.

Once in awhile, if an engine truly seizes or locks up and cannot turn over (by using hand tools) the starter will grunt briefly and nothing more. The grunt will last less than a second because a seized engine will not allow a starter to turn at all, just grunt.

$2k dollars may be an overly inflated quote for a major engine repair if it's a seized engine. $2k dollars for a dead/damaged starter is dishonesty on so many levels. From your descriptions, a woman being lied to is exceptionally poor business practice.

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