Q: I have water in my engine oil, is the engine okay?

asked by on

By mistake, my little brother poured water into my oil tank in my car, and i drove maybe a mile to my house, to begin with the car didn't have much oil in it, Wondering if the Engine can still survive this problem?

My car has 110000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

There’s no good spin I can put on this. It’s very likely that you’ve done some damage to your engine. The oil circulation is pretty high, so it’s almost certain that the water was stirred up into the oil and when that happens the engine is running without lubrication and the water/oil sludge can become lodged in hydraulic parts like the VANOS and the valve lifters. Do not start the engine again. I’d say your best move is to have several oil changes in a row until the oil runs clean. Only then can a technician give a good listen and a test drive to see how things are. The good news is that you can have that done at your convenience by contacting YourMechanic. They can send a technician to your home or office to change your engine oil for you right there on the spot.

Was this answer helpful?
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. I have water in my engine oil, is the engine okay?

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: Replaced the camshaft position sensor and still goes into safe mode ? 2000 BMW 740i

Hi there - I believe your real problem is a failed timing chain guide, which has shifted the cam timing beyond what the sensor can deal with. This is a common problem with BMW V8s with extended mileage. The solution...

Q: EGG code p0400, multiple cylinder misfire, removed and cleaned egr and pipe with no change

Hi there. The P0400 EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) valve code may not be a valve not working. This code description is a EGR flow malfunction. The fact that your vehicle has multiple cylinder misfires leads me to believe the valve...

Q: Synthetic oil brand

We would use Castrol 5w30 oil. The vehicle does recommend full synthetic but it is not required. You would have to request the full synthetic Castrol 5w30 or the standard Castrol 5w30 oil. If you special request a different oil...

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...