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  • avatar karjunkie 05/01/10 10:27 am PST

    Unfortunately, it sure sounds to me like the engine has siezed up. No starter or battery is going to turn the engine over if you could not do so with a socket wrench. It will require a mechanic to look into the condition of the engine, but I think it will be the same conclusion.

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  • imidazol97 05/01/10 9:23 am PST

    The VATS system that is the security chip in the key keeps the starter from even cranking and turns off the fuel injectors to help make difficult stealing the automobile.

    VATS does not lock the motor physically.

    One possibility might be hydrolock, where coolant has leaked into the cylinder and stopped the piston from coming up. Remove the spark plugs and try turning the motor. Even if hydrolocked the motor should have turned backwards. Trying to keep cranking the motor if it's hydrolocked will damage rods, pistons, and starters from the strain. Batteries too.

    Other than hydrolock as problem, the engine now needs to be checked to find out what's not letting it turn.

  • karjunkie 05/01/10 10:27 am PST

    Unfortunately, it sure sounds to me like the engine has siezed up. No starter or battery is going to turn the engine over if you could not do so with a socket wrench. It will require a mechanic to look into the condition of the engine, but I think it will be the same conclusion.

  • imidazol97 05/03/10 3:49 pm PST

    The VATS system that is the security chip in the key keeps the starter from even cranking and turns off the fuel injectors to help make difficult stealing the automobile.

    VATS does not lock the motor physically.

    One possibility might be hydrolock, where coolant has leaked into the cylinder and stopped the piston from coming up. Remove the spark plugs and try turning the motor. Even if hydrolocked the motor should have turned backwards. Trying to keep cranking the motor if it's hydrolocked will damage rods, pistons, and starters from the strain. Batteries too.

    Other than hydrolock as problem, the engine now needs to be checked to find out what's not letting it turn.

  • steve0777 07/06/11 5:06 pm PST

    The security system will shut off the power to the starter, fuel pump, and the coil, but it will not lock up the motor. Your motor is most likely locked up/

    Source: Personal experience.

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