Four cylinder front wheel drive automatic 104,000 miles
I have not had any issues lately with my car so this kind of came out of the blue. I was driving it fine two days ago, but last night I went out to start it and heard the weirdest sound when it was trying to turn over. It was almost like it was whining at me. I tried it a few more times and it just kept chugging and giving that weird whining sound. Battery was full power and everything else came out alright. I have had starter issues before and it definitely was not the same sound.
I went under the hood and kept starting it with my remote start so I could examine the engine to try and locate the problem. After two to three times I tried gassing it and it chugged to life and successfully started every time after that. There was a brief burn smell and a bit of smoke haze after I did this, but it went away after that.
It had me worried so I checked a few things and found it to be drastically low on oil. I had just gotten an oil change three months ago and I have only driven 2,000 or so miles since then so I was a little confused by this. I went and got some oil and put three full quarts in and it never overflowed. I do not know how many it would have taken because I figured I would stop there.
Does anyone have any ideas as to what might be wrong? I have not seen any oil stains on my driveway to indicate a leak, but I really do not feel like my engine should take three full quarts of oil. I would just like to know if that sound was directed to low oil or if it was just a coincidence and if anyone has had any experience with anything along these lines. Thanks for your help!
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 AT 5:24 PM