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Engine overheated now won't crank or start

Hello all! My father in laws 2012 Versa overheated and now it wont start. It does not even crank. When I turn the key only the lights turn on and nothing else. The battery is strong and the starter is fine. I removed the spark plugs to check for coolant in the piston wells but they were dry. I've tried researching other forums but I'm not sure where to go from here. What else can I check before getting a new motor?
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Is it a stick shift or automatic?

If it is a stick shift try to push start it.

Otherwise can you try to rotate the crankshaft by the belt or crank bolt?

Thinking engine maybe seized up.

Is the check engine light on?
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Hello all! My father in laws 2012 Versa overheated and now it wont start. It does not even crank. When I turn the key only the lights turn on and nothing else. The battery is strong and the starter is fine. I removed the spark plugs to check for coolant in the piston wells but they were dry. I've tried researching other forums but I'm not sure where to go from here. What else can I check before getting a new motor?
As another poster mentioned, with the ignition off, try and turn the engine by hand using the crankshaft bolt. Depending on how long the engine was run after it overheated, there is a good chance that it is seized and you may have to consider a replacement. Good luck!!
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Well, depending on his budget and insurance he maybe able to claim it under his insurance, but his premium will go up.

If its seized sometimes you can break it loose with elbow grease and lubricants down the spark plug holes. Once thats done do a compression test to see if you got any temper in your rings or broken ones. Based on that if you rebuild, or replace with a junkyard or reman.
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To me, engine is done. At this point you may as well pull the head and see how bad it is, it has to come off anyway.
I would start looking for a engine at this point. Rebuilding the overheated block is too cost prohibitive (and still may not run right ever again) VS. either a crate or a junkyard engine.
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