Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My car is overheating it does not have any oil and also it won't start or crank at all what could be the problem?

asked by on

My car is overheating but it does not look like it's coming from the radiator more like under the engine. And it won't even start.i tried giving it a jump but thats not working either, help please

My car has 171000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello, thank you for writing in. The engine may be in a protective shut down mode that wont let it start, or it may be seized. It is hard to tell based on the given information. You will want to start by finding out where the engine oil leaked from. This is going to be the biggest issue, and can cause the engine to overheat (the engine oil does a surprising amount of engine cooling). The smoke you may be seeing could be oil dripping onto the hot engine. You may also have a blown head gasket that can cause the oil to be consumed by the engine. The extra strain on the vehicle may have caused other issues as well, and you will want to have this inspected by a technician. You need to find the source of the oil leak and take corrective actions. After that you can do an inspection on the starting and cooling system to see if any other damage has occurred.

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!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • My car is overheating it does not have any oil and also it won't start or crank at all what could be the problem?

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: What does the car do when anti theft is activated? does it have no compression kind of like head gasket?

The head gasket and/or other mechanical components of the engine are NOT involved in this fault you are experiencing, at all. Cavaliers have quite a few electrical and instrument panel problems. If you search the NHTSA database for complaints from...

Q: I have a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe. It runs fine until I refuel. Then it doesn't start. it stalls unless I start driving with both feet.

Hi there. If this only occurs after fueling then it is usually an issue with the EVAP emissions system. It can be a solenoid or a hose issue so it needs to be fully inspected. When these issues occur it...

Q: Air conditioning is noisy and slow to blow cold

From the description provided, there seems to be two different scenarios behind the problems being experienced by your Acura’s air conditioner. Though the information is limited I can try and guide you in the right direction to why that is....

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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.