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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-13-2019, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Question 2011 Traverse Overheat now will not start

Please help, I'm in the process of moving and the majority of my tools including jacks are stored waiting to go to the new house.
My teenage son was driving traverse home from school when it overheated and went into overheated engine protection mode. he called me when he got it pulled into a drive way and just after it cut off on its own. I came from work with coolant and jumper cables. I let it cool down filled the resevoir, it has been leaking but i can not say from where exactly. Tried to start it and it only clicked. Same with cables and jumping vehicle. towed it home (no jack and cant get under it to get a bar and socket on the crank). reset the oil change on computer and it began to try and turn over but no revolution of the engine. just not a click any longer. Is there a lockout that needs to be reset. My wife (this is her car) who i just married 8 mo's ago, said when it broke down before the dealership had to "reset" it because it did the same thing to her. I have searched on line and can find nothing about it. I have pulled battery cables and all i can think to do. Will have to borrow a jack and some stands to turn the motor. Please any help on the computer/electrical portion of this would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-13-2019, 04:20 PM
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did the OLM show 0% life?

Its possible your son drove it till it seized.
When the vehicle overheats- the OLM counter will drop at a faster rate-- since the only thing cooling the engine is now the oil....

But I cant think of anything that has to be reset to get it to crank.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-13-2019, 07:55 PM
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Only lockout I know of is the anti-rollover switch that will cut gas flow which can be accidentally triggered by a sharp impact/jolt from a pothole.....reset switch is behind a rear body panel. Fords use them but I don't believe that GM does, their ECU cuts power to the fuel pump.

No way to tell for certain unless you can get a breaker bar on the crankshaft.

Might be an overheat message in the DIC, pegged temperature gauge and an engine light, but Only overheat protection mode I know of is to pull over immediately and stop the engine. Keep moving and the next automatic mode is a blown gasket, cracked block or seized engine. If not seized, could be a blown gasket with hydro-lock condition, pull the dipstick and see if it is in the crankcase froma leaking head gasket, warped or cracked head/block.

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that is my fear as well, I appreciate your help on this. I'm wanted to cover my bases since she claims it has happened before. I will get a jack and breaker bar in the next few days as work and moving allow to know for sure. I will most likely have it towed to the new house (when we get one) and replace the motor as one of my first projects at the new garage. Silver linings and the such.
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It was showing 16%. I did not change it because of the issue i have not being able to get it up off the ground right now. I just reset it through the DIM. I just found it odd that before that it would only click, but when i reset the oil life it came to life a bit.
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Drive Belt

I have had engines only click when crank because of a locked up belt driven unit - like an alt. -

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