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Typically when I don’t let the car warm up it runs a little sluggish. I was in a rush leaving for work today and the temperature outside is -18 feels like -30. I hopped in, the car fired right up as per usual and I pulled out of my driveway. I didn’t realize but a car was coming up behind me fast so I stepped on the gas, I wasn’t accelerating fast enough so I stepped on it more and the car shut off. I pulled over put it in park (dash flashing to do so) and the car won’t start again. I disconnected the battery for 5 minutes and tried again until the battery died. I went back and tried boosting it but nothing. It cranks but that’s it, no chugging or like the engine is trying.

There’s no codes

Any ideas or suggestions is greatly

125,000 KM. Recent new plugs and a coil pack
 

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I suspect it will start when things warm up.

Another forum member posted about a very similar situation just a few days ago and their vehicle started up when the day was warmer.

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connect a scanner to it and verify

ambient temp matches IAT when cold and not running
coolant temp is reading ambient

highly unlikely both exhaust exits are plugged

my very first guess would be lack of fuel delivery.

how many miles on it?
 

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How much fuel is in it? Is it parked level?

I've had something similar happen when low on fuel.
 

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Had a similar experience when test driving a used car, doing a bit of a jack rabbit start from the light. Timing belt jumped.
 

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Just an update. I got it towed to my mechanic and he thinks the engine is done. He thinks it’s to do with a major timing issue and suggests a new engine. I have an extended warranty so I’m getting it towed to an approved mechanic (the dealership I bought it used from). What a mess. I loved the car
 

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That would be pretty rare, but not impossible, for the 3.6 to blow from a timing issue. It's not like the older 4 cylinder motors with a belt that can snap. These have timing chains. That's a major bummer. Keep us updated.
 

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mileage?
did they remove and inspect plugs?
did they do a compression test?

guessing the engine is done vs actually being that way are two different things

those 3.6L can go 300K or more without any major work outside of leak fixes
 
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