Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Hit something in the road oil light went on then the car lost power and won't start

asked by on

Was driving on I-95 and I hit something the oil light went on and 5 minutes later the car lost power it's started to start and now it won't start but it clicks

A: You most likely broke a hole in the oil pan...

You most likely broke a hole in the oil pan and lost all of your oil in the engine. Afterwards the engine seized since you continued to drive it for the 5 minutes or more. If you stopped the car and engine as soon as the oil light came on you probably would have noticed a puddle of oil under the car.

A replacement oil pan could have fixed the issue but now you may need a new motor. However, I am only speculating that your damaged oil pan was the cause of you problem from what you’ve described. You should have the vehicle looked at by a certified mechanic who can confirm my suspicion or pinpoint the true cause of your starting problem and warning light.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Overheating? Shutting off, leaking, wire hanging

From what you are describing, it sounds like perhaps a drive belt may have broken off. The water pump is responsible for circulating coolant throughout the engine and to the heater core to provide interior heat. The alternator provides electrical...

Q: 09 Pontiac GXP is hard to start

Hello there. You have a few different faults going on with your 2009 Pontiac GXP. If the car is hard to start the most common causes are the fuel pump, battery, starter, battery cable, fuel pump relay, ignition switch, or...

Q: Blown fuse or computer system?

Since you shorted the electrical system, you may have damaged electrical components. The main fuses that power each and every circuit on the car may have been shorted and burned out. You should first check each and every fuse in...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
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.