Q: 2007 accord se, 10 seconds idling before i realized i didn't fill the oil, i always use synthetic oils, how bad is the damage?

asked by on

I've always done my own oil changes and have not encountered issues but today... I started changing my oil, drained the pan, tightened the bolt and left for about 15 minutes. I came back and went to reset the oil light, forgetting to put oil back in. I turned on the car but realized my mistake as soon as it fired up, only ran for 5 seconds, 8 tops. I turned it off, filled it up, and then drove it. I'm not hearing any unusual noises but I'm pretty gutted about making a mistake like this. I only changed the oil, not the filter, so there should be about 1 liter of oil still in the car. Where I live, the temperatures drop to below -15 degrees Celsius regularly so my guess is cold starting on a morning still results in a few moments where the car runs without oil... So maybe my mess up was equivalent to 15 cold starts.... i honestly don't know but I'm panicking about the damage I did to the car. It is a 2007 Accord Se with the 2.4L I4 5speed manual. I've run synthetic

My car has 160000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. 2007 accord se, 10 seconds idling before i realized i didn't fill the oil, i always use synthetic oils, how bad is the damage?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: oil light on. Will not start.

The low oil level and knocking noise may be very likely related in that this may have caused a number of things to fail such as crankshaft bearings or rod bearings. Depending on the severity of this, it may have...

Q: I have a 2007 NissanMurano 169,000 miles. It is jerking while accelerating but no check engine light is on.

Hello, thank you for writing in. The first task to take on is finding out if the jerking is coming from the engine or wheels. Also keep in mind, even without a check engine light on, there may be a...

Q: My washer reservoir leaks.

Hello, thank you for writing in. The removal procedure for your vehicle will be very close to the older model that you have experience with. You may be able to swing just removing the tire and wheel well, but it...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.