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Engine and oil lights on

Well it happened since the temps dropped into the teens, the oil light came on then the engine light now thier both on, was going to take to have looked at but theres a knock under the hood, I dont know if it is safe to drive a mile away, also if it is able to be driven how about 3 hours away, I work a long way from home and wont have a chance to have it looked at till I return. Please help

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Don't drive it. Have it towed.

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Hi there... I would not recomend driving your vehicle. there is a possibility that the knock you are hearing could be the lifters. What weight of oil was put inot your vehicle? could be that thw viscosity is too heavy for the temperatures your are experiencing. The engine light could be the knock sensor that has detected the knocking in your engine. Your best bet is to have the vehicle towed to a shop and have them check it out. worst case senario is the oil pump. If you drive with no oil pump you could do great damage to the engine. Hope this helps you out.

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