Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: The car shut off when the oil leaked out after an oil change

asked by on

My car has problems with the engine. It started when I had the oil chnged. After about half a mile of driving, the oil leaked out. The car shut down immediately, so I refilled the oil. However, the engine would not run afterwards. The car would keep cranking, but there was no startup. I heard that when there is no oil or if it's low, the safety shut off unit can activate. Do you think that is what happened here or is it more serious? Thank you.

A: If you had the oil changed by a company, th...

If you had the oil changed by a company, then have the vehicle towed or call them and let them get it fixed. If the engine ran without oil, you may have caused internal engine damage. I am not aware of any automatic shut off that would shut off the car if you run it low on oil. Have a mechanic inspect the no start issue and look for damage from running out of oil.

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!

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: Question about the longevity of a high-mileage vehicle

You've got a lot of miles on it. Those inline six's are good engines. Just keep doing what you are doing and see what happens. As long as you are not seeing any major symptoms, you should be clear. And...

Q: Brake, VSC and ABS lights on, grinding noise during braking

If you are going on a trip, then have a different mechanic check the system to make sure you do not have a problem with the anti-lock brakes. The brake pads would not have caused any of these lights to...

Q: Does using heat burn extra fuel?

Hey there. The heater in the car only requires the use of the heater blower to blow hot air out of the heater case. The heat is generated by blowing hot air across the heater core inside the A/C blower...

Related articles

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...
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...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.