I have a 2002 Buick LeSabre. Back information is this. the car has had a coolant leak for years, very slow though.
Last night while working (I drive for a living) the thermostat climbed up to hot and then immediately went back down to the middle range where it normally goes, so I thought I was fine. It then climbed back up and staled out. It started again nearly immediately and I made it back to my work.
About 30 minutes later I began to drive home. The temperature gauge started to climb up again, and then immediately went back to normal running temperature. I kept an eye on it. About 2 minutes later it shut off completely. I had dash lights, head lights, and emergency flashers. Trying to restart it killed my battery and I had it towed home. This morning I put water in it (it was a gallon low even though I had filled it three days prior). I got a jump start but the car wouldn’t start. It cranked and cranked but would not start. I did notice a leak of water from near the bottom of the engine.
I am curious as to what the problem may be and why it is not starting now.