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Oil and engine lights are on

It just started and oil and engine lights are on, theres a pinging or knocking under the hood, hasnt been long since oil was changed. I work 3 hours away and dont know if its safe to drive, I really need to work, please help

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If theres a knock under the hood then no its not safe to drive it get it to a shop and have it looked at but i would be careful on how far you go with it. you dont want to be stranded

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You had better Check the Oil! Once it starts Tapping you need to get the Motor looked at, Because every time it does, it is causing damage to the Motor.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009

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