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2003 jeep liberty driving fine oil light comes on and car dies

I was driving my 03 liberty on the highway no problems no smoke no weird noises - the oil light comes on and then a few seconds later the car stopped. I was lucky to stear it off the road. It would not turn over. Had it towed to garage. They told me the oil was low and it's the engine. I just had the oil changed 2 weeks ago, inspection etc....I never miss an oil change and take good care of my jeep! I have about 88,000's been great until today! Just not sure if I can trust the garage. Need a second opinion!

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  • jupitergirl6 Oct 07, 2009

    I did not notice any tapping noises or any other unusual noises. When I tried to start it the dashboard ilghts came on but it would not turn over. After it didn't turn over I pulled out the owner manual which advised not trying to start the car after the oil light has come on. Yes , I suppose the engine seized up? The car just died - never had this happen before. Should I tow it to another garage and get a second opinion before paying for a new engine?

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    Timmy L Costa May 11, 2010

    Sounds like they are right. If engine would not turn over. and you had good Battery voltage. you may have heard a Click noise when you try to crank but no cranking. Does sound fishy tho. if you had oil changed 2 weeks ago. How far had you driven since oil change? Do you regularly check oil level? Every other time you fill gas tank? if not you do not know your engines oil consumption.

  • Devon Sacco
    Devon Sacco May 11, 2010

    The real question is the engine seized up?

    Did you notice any tapping noise coming from the engine before it shut off?

    When you try to start the engine, does it make only a clicking noise or does it try to turn over and start?



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Go to the shop, remove the oil dipstick and smell the oil, ( well maybe first you should get a base line by smelling normal, new oil) if you burned up your oil, it will smell really bad like burnt....well burnt oil like when a car is blowing blue smoke. If it smells really bad like burnt, they are probably telling you the truth and you need to find out where the oil leaked out...if it seems like the oil drained out the oil pan or the filter, the people who changed your oil could be held liable for not tightening down those parts properly. Since you werent burning oil, my guess is that you were leaking it. If the motor will not turn over but you can hear the starter engage, you definatley seezed up you engine. But i really really hope that the mechanics are full of **** and that you do not need to replace your engine. No matter what you do, keep any parts removed from your vehicle to have inspected by another mechanic for review. For instance, if you have brake pads replace at the discression of the mechanic, ask for the old brake pads back and take to antoher shop to see if they really needed to be replaced or not.

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For a true second opinion you will need to take it to a different garage. We can only offer an opion for something we cant see or hear if there is in deed a problem with the engine.

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  • Rob Bruce Oct 07, 2009

    Some of the newer cars/trucks will shut down the engine to save it if the oil level gets too low. quick trick we have used in my shop is to add the correct oil amoount to the vehicle and see if it will turn over and run then. Ford diesel trucks in the f-350 line and up are finicky like that as an example...low start... correct level and it fires like it never had a problem.



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