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Dan, Auto Mechanic
Category: Oldsmobile
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My son was driving and the it was making louder than usual

Customer Question

my son was driving and the it was making louder than usual noise, after some time the check engine light came on, and he pulled in the driveway the oil light came on and the car shut off.
JA: Does the light stay on, or does it blink?
Customer: he put 2 quarts of oil in and tryed to start it again and it wont start. Im afraid its the engine
JA: What is the make/model/year of your car?
Customer: 2005 olds alero
JA: Are you fixing your Alero yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: nothing yet
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: cost???
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Oldsmobile
Expert:  Dan replied 4 months ago.

Hello, my name is ***** ***** I'm here to help get your problem solved.

Expert:  Dan replied 4 months ago.

Driving low on oil is one of the worst things you can do to a engine. The 4 cylinder is known for timing chain problems so if oil was ran low the timing chain probably jumped. Did you have the 4 cylinder engine or V6? Thanks.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
V6
Expert:  Dan replied 4 months ago.

Does engine turn over but not start or not even turn over?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
It will turn over but not start
Expert:  Dan replied 4 months ago.

So far things aren't sounding too promising. Next thing I'd do is see if vehicle runs on starting fluid, if not then check compression. Compression should be at least 100 psi on every cylinder, if compression is low then there is internal engine damage. Let me know how it goes or if you have more questions, thanks.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
ok
Expert:  Dan replied 4 months ago.

There is no safety shutdown for vehicle if it runs low on oil so there is nothing that can be reset. Keep me updated, thanks.