Q: Ran the car with no oil and won't turn on

asked by on October 11, 2016

Turned the car on and drove it for about 5 minutes. Then the battery light came on, then the car shut off. And it wouldn't turn on. Got it towed home and the next day I saw that it didn't have any engine oil so I added about 2 quarts and it turned on for about 10 seconds and it shut off. I tried turning it on again and it didn't. So people say I need new engine, some say water went into the the engine and that I can just get it fixed? Do I need new engine or is it fixable??

My car has 200000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi, thanks for writing in. If you have ran your engine with no oil in it, it is almost a certainty that it will need to be replaced. If it is not starting now due to the no oil issue I would strongly recommend replacing the engine rather than trying to repair it. You can often get a replacement engine from a vehicle like yours that has been rear-ended recently. I would recommend looking for one that has equal or lower miles than the vehicle that you currently have. I recommend having one of our certified automotive technicians from YourMechanic come to your home or office to confirm what repairs or replacements you need first, before spending money to buy a new engine. Hope this helps and best of luck!

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