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Changed headgasket but engine won't turn over? Starter

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Changed headgasket but engine won't turn over ? Starter smokes ? What wrong happened?
Submitted: 24 days ago.
Category: Mercury
Expert:  Tool Hut replied 24 days ago.

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Did you remove the coolant from the cylinders? Can you crank engine manually?

Customer: replied 24 days ago.
I did remove the coolant. I tried turning engine over manually but it's so hard at once it spun a half turn then stopped
Expert:  Tool Hut replied 24 days ago.

Have you removed the belt and see if it turns easier?

Expert:  Tool Hut replied 24 days ago.

There is a very good chance that the water pump is seized which caused the head gasket failure,

Customer: replied 24 days ago.
It over heated due to broken hise or low water I guess. When I pulled over it was steaming then engine turned off.
Customer: replied 24 days ago.
Timing belt ? Or regular belt ?
Expert:  Tool Hut replied 24 days ago.

Regular belt

Customer: replied 20 days ago.
On this engine is there special tool needed to turn the engine over ? I put socket on the bolt for the main pully and it doesn't seem to help it gets tighten but I'm afraid if I keep tightening it'll break ?
Expert:  Tool Hut replied 19 days ago.

Sounds like your engine in seized up

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