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Engine shut down mid acceleration

I have a 2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS and last night while driving the engine just shut off mid acceleration to pass. Car will not start now. Won’t take a jump and clicks like the alternator is hinky. Worked fine yesterday, all day. The oil was really low, I put 2 quarts in today, disconnected battery terminals and reconnected. Still NOTHING. Please, help.

See if the engine can be turned over at the crankshaft bolt.

If not, the engine is seized.

Tester

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Generally cars work fine until they break. Agree with Tester. Check battery charge, if bad suspect alternator. But if you can’t turn the engine over by hand with a wrench, gonna need some work done.

If the engine is seized, Hyundai is replacing engines under a warranty extension/recall without requiring previous maintenance documentation.