2000 Ford Ranger Odd Engine Failure - Lock up?

Tiny
ALDRIS
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  • 2000 FORD RANGER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 163,000 MILES
I was driving down the highway, and my engine had suddenly failed. I was accelerating to merge onto the highway.

My check engine light and my check gauge light had came on and then my engine instantly failed. I pulled over to the side of the highway to try to restart the engine. I got nothing in return, all I could hear was a "click".

I got out of the truck to check my oil, and it was very low. Small amounts of a gray smoke came out of the dipstick valve as well.

People are telling me that there is a sensor inside the oil pan that will shut off the vehicle's engine when there is not enough motor oil in the car/truck. This is to prevent engine lock up. Apparently all I have to do is add oil to the vehicle and it will run just fine after that. Is this true?

Please note that I did not hear ANY noises of stress when my engine had shut off. I honestly did not even notice the engine had shut off until I hit the gas a few times and realized I'm going no where.

Is it likely that my engine is locked? Or is there such a sensor?
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Thursday, June 4th, 2009 AT 8:17 PM

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Tiny
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Ok there is an oil level sensor but the oil would have to be very low for this to shut the engine off. If that were the case just bring the oil to its proper level on the dip stick and it would start. Now I would like to ask if you have checked the battery to see how many volts are there? Also I need to know what V6 engine do you have the 3.0 or the 4.0? Get back to me with what you have done and we will go from there.
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Friday, June 5th, 2009 AT 10:08 AM
Tiny
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I have the 3.0L engine. I can't find my tool to test my battery unfortunately, but I can tell you that the battery AND the alternator are less than 3 months old, both were tested at the time and passed with ease.

If my engine would have locked up on the highway, especially as I was at a higher RPM accelerating, I would of heard some noises indicating a problem, correct?
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Friday, June 5th, 2009 AT 1:02 PM
Tiny
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That is right I would think you would have heard something. Any way I do need to know if you have voltage at the battery and how much and I need to know that your oil is at the proper level.
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Saturday, June 6th, 2009 AT 9:10 AM

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