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Q: Oil drained out and engine seized

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I had the oil changed on my daughter's car, but the shop did not tighten the drain plug. Now, all of the oil has drained out, and I am afraid the engine has seized.

If the engine will not turn over with the starter, there is a good chance that the engine has seized up due to lack of oil. I would ask for help from one of the mechanics at YourMechanic to inspect your engine thoroughly, and replace it, if needed; be sure to mention whether or not the engine stopped running suddenly.

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