I have had a similar problem this week.
I went to Cornwall on Wednesday to pivk up my step daughter. An hour from home (midlands) I noticed a metalic sound like a knocking around the engine.
My car is scheduled to go for a service tomorrow - unfortunatelybefore my journey.
I returned home and not used the car since accept for twice to my lical shop a mile away. I had hoped that the knocking was the heat shield - I noticed it was loose a couple of weeks ago when I had tyres replaced and an oil change. Unfortunately that mechanic was unable to tighten this up for.
Anyway, my second little journey to the shop was today - I didn't make it!
Half a mile from home there was an almighty noise - I half expected to leave my exhaust behind as blavk smoke started to come from the back. I was on a roundabout at the time I managed to pull over as the oil light came on and the within seconds the battery light and my steering locked as I lost power.
The recovery bloke said that my engine is dead - as it had blown a hole in the bottom of the engine.
I had no warning lights prior to it going bang!
It's a 2009 model and only 61,000 miles.
Monday, April 1st, 2013 AT 7:57 PM