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Greetings members, mods & all !

I recently picked up a 96 Taurus with the 3.0L Vulcan engine in it. It was cheap; so, I took the guys word , towed it home and then discovered the value of ' his word '. ANYHOW !


- I put in a fresh battery and tried to crank the engine over to check for:
spark, fuel and give it a listen.
* The solenoid engaged; but , the starter didn't budge.
It only loaded the battery like a short through some winding's..


With the serpentine belt removed !

- Tried to turn the crank with a breaker bar: ClockWise at first.
* It would not budge: the whole engine moved in it's mounts.

- When I tried Counter-Clockwise, it was stuck then it came free with more a little more effort ( no more than 30 lbs of torc ) .
* However,,, the crank could only rotate about 10 degrees.. before it bound up again..

I say bound; because, it doesn't feel like stopping dead solid,
rather it feels like " pinching tight and getting stuck "..

Questions:

- Does what I have described ring any bells with anyone ?
- Could a broken timing chain or pushrod cause this ?
- How should I proceed next to find the problem ?


Thank you very much ! -_-
 

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Pull the plugs and valve covers off. If there's something in a cylinder or two (oil/water) it could cause it to lock up. With the valve covers off you'll be able to watch the valve train to see if this is a possible source of your issues.
 

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Sounds a LOT like a CPS-related oil starvation seize. Which, without prior information, could be a lot of work to properly diagnose. When I hear seized vulcan, that's the first thing I think of.
 

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Best bet would be to pitch the original engine and put in a working one from the JY.
 
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