Q: There's no oil in my car and it's making a loud noise when I drive

asked by on August 02, 2017

My oil light came on about two weeks ago I planned on taking it soon. About 4 days ago I was leaving the house and my car started making a loud noise. I immediately came back home and looked up what could be the problem. It said there was probably no oil in the car, turns out that's the case. I called Firestone and they said I should tow it to a dealership because there maybe some internal damage now. I'm curious if it's necessary to do all that or should I just get some one to change my oil based on the fact the car is so old.

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

Try to add about 3 to 4 quarts of oil to bring it up to full mark and then see if engine noise goes away. You may not have damaged engine yet. If noise continues after adding oil then you did engine damage and may need engine replacement?

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

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


Experienced Mechanic?

Earn up to $65/hr

What others are asking

Speedometer stopped working, how do I repair it? 2003 Audi A6

Hello - most likely the speedometer sensor has failed, or the wiring to it has become disconnected. Check that first. It's also possible that the speedometer sensor drive gear has failed (small plastic gear), or the instrument panel speedo gauge...

Low oil pressure noise some noise front of the engine 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis

Hello - yes, low oil pressure and high miles can certainly product a metallic clattering from the timing chain set, as well as knocking noises from worn connecting rod bearings and crankshaft main bearings. If you are getting low oil...

Air conditioning gasket in cabin leaking

The information provided for your Saturn is very limited. There can be a couple of things that would cause the AC to leak into the cabin of the vehicle. A more common thing I have come across is the condensation...

My car has the code p0171 and i fixed multiple things and cleared the code as well and it still shows up

A number of things may cause code P0171 to be triggered. As the code indicates, this means there is a lean fuel condition which may be caused by a lack of fuel supply or in some cases, a vacuum leak....

OBD-II failed for smog check

Unfortunately without more information as to why your Toyota Corolla did not pass the emissions test, it is difficult to determine the cause for the failed smog check. Provided that the ODB2 port itself has power and is allowing the...

Where is the Coolant Temperature Sensor located?

Coolant temperature sensor is located at the upper radiator hose where it connects to the engine. Should be a green plug connector just to the left of the hose.

My 2003 Toyota Sequoia starts then dies and does this a couple of times until it stays running. It only does this when it's cold.

Although it is a little cumbersome, you could try to rule in or out a fault in the fuel delivery system by having an assistant quickly introduce "starter fluid" into the intake right at the point (very quickly, of course)...

all monitors set except comprehensive component p1000 code

Hi there. We are not quite clear as to what issue you are having with your Jaguar S-Type, so if you could clarify what issues you need help with or what repairs we might suggest, it would be very helpful...

Car won't start lights come on no clicking changed starter ignition switch and starter relay it would start with a paper clip

Hi there. If you're able to bypass the starter with a paperclip, it's typically an indication of an ignition relay fault - not the ignition cylinder. However, this could have also created additional electrical problems in the ignition or fuel...

Related articles

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Manifold Absolute Pressure Sensor (MAP Sensor)
Common signs of manifold absolute pressure sensor problems include excessive fuel consumption, lack of power, and failing an emissions test.
Understanding the Saturn Oil Life Monitor and Service Indicator Lights
Car symbols, or dashboard lights, are a car service reminder. The Saturn Oil Life Monitor indicates when and what service your car needs.
2007 Nissan Versa vs. 2007 Saturn Ion: Which One Should I Buy?
Compact cars as a class are generally meant to be commuter vehicles: with excellent gas mileage, an entry-level price point, and decent safety ratings for those who are on the road the majority of their time. These cars also make...