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    mikemike1 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    May 11, 2015, 04:41 PM
    02 mazda tribute blown head gasket?
    Hello and thanks for any help,
    I have a 2002 Mazda tribute LX, 3.0 , V6 ,2WD

    Last week I parked my car at night and wouldn't start the next morning,
    I have checked my fuel pump and lines, I have checked my coil packs and there is no fire to only #5 ,
    The motor spins and spins but won't turn over, I hear the fuel pump priming, I have power inside the car as well.

    I'm unsure how to check compression, but a friend said it sounds fine,
    So I pulled it to a shop and the mechanic said it's a blow head gasket? Priced it at $2,500
    It was driving fine until that night, may have idled low once in awhile while the motor was cold, but no signs of a problem like that.

    I'm looking for a 2nd opinion. I'm stumped and need a bit of help,
    Thanks.
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    May 11, 2015, 05:25 PM
    I have to say, it doesn't sound like a head gasket problem...not saying that there isn't actually a head gasket problem, but from what you describe, this doesn't sound like the cause of your no start. You said there was a problem with #5...I would either look further into that or take it somewhere else for a second opinion.
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    May 12, 2015, 05:05 AM
    . Check for codes.
    . Check all under hood and under dash fuses with a test light or multimeter.
    . Check and record each cylinder's compression. Remove all of the spark plugs, attach a compression gauge to each spark plug hole, crank the starter motor, and record the reading.

    I'm skeptical that the head gasket blew. Instead, I suspect a bad coil, crankshaft position sensor, or camshaft position sensor. Over 90% of crank but won't start situations are electrical related. If the problem persists, check the fuel pressure. The fuel rail must be fully pressurized, in order for the engine to start.

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