2003 Kia Spectra engine light, car dead after 20 miles

Tiny
KIASPECTRA52003
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  • 2003 KIA SPECTRA
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
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  • 42,820 MILES
Engine light came on. Car died after 20 miles. Smoke from hood. Suspect oil needed changed. Different oil (Pensoil) when last changed, had Kendel. I know it's my fault for not checking oil level sooner, but what are my options now?
Sunday, May 17th, 2009 AT 1:15 AM

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Tiny
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Changing oil brands won't hurt anything. However, if there was no oil in the engine, that is a different question.

Was the oil empty? Did the engine overheat? Will the engine start now that it has cooled down? If it doesn't start, will the starter turn the engine?

Let me know.
Joe
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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 AT 11:04 AM

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