Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My car is leaking, jerky, and the battery and engine light came on after making a weird noise.

asked by on

I was taking a left turn and heard this wild noise that sounded like the rocks and stuff kicking off your wheels when you go off road or drive through gravel. When I stopped I saw a lot of leaking fluid coming on, appeared green. The battery light and engine light came on. The steering would lock up from side to side. The car is jerking when I try and move and is overheating quickly. What does this sound like?

My car has 150000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Green fluid sounds like engine coolant leaking. Overheating would seem to justify it being coolant. The battery and Check Engine Lights coming on may indicate that leaking coolant may have sprayed onto other components like the alternator or possible the serpentine belt which drives the water pump, alternator and air conditioning compressor may have broken off, or may be slipping due to coolant leaking all over it. Your vehicle is equipped with electric power steering so if the alter is soaked with coolant or the belt is slipping/came off, the alternator will not provide the proper electrical power for all the vehicle’s systems, including the electric power steering. Have a certified technician look into these issues, especially the overheating as engine damage can occur if it driven while overheating.

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
  • Home
  • Questions
  • My car is leaking, jerky, and the battery and engine light came on after making a weird noise.

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: Today my car made a loud knocking noise and when I press on the gas pedal, the car doesn't accelerate right away but when it does it makes a knocking noise.

The noise that you are hearing could be one of the rod bearings are knocking in the engine or the flex plate could have a loose bolt making the torque converter bounce around. I recommend seeking out a professional, such...

Q: How do I create a MyKey?

You can create a MyKey with just a few steps: 1. Press the Up/Down buttons on the steering wheel until Settings is displayed on the instrument panel, then press the OK button. 2. Press the Up/Down buttons until MyKey is...

Q: Engine cranks, but won't turn over

A number of things may cause the truck not to start, however it sounds like you may have a faulty camshaft position sensor based on what you are describing. The camshaft position sensor measures the rotational position of the camshaft...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...