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My 2001 jeep started to run terrible, making horrible noises and I took it to the service station. They said there was no oil in it and the engine is shot. I had the oil changed a month ago and no warning lights came on. How could this happen?

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That happens some times the switch has malfuntioned and or the fuse has blown on all of your warning lights. Have you seen oil on the ground or has it been smoking.

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Sadly I see a couple of similar problems each year and not just on one brand of vehicle. Sometimes it's just impossible to tell what happened to the oil but usually I find that either the engine developed an oil consumption problem [such as a broken oil control piston ring] or it developed a small external oil leak at an oil sending unit, gasket, or some other place that slowly depletes the oil level over many days or weeks until it gets low enough and damage occurs. As for why the light didn't come on? You should be able to check to see if it's still working by just turning on the ignition, but without starting or cranking the engine, and all the warning lights should come on at that time. If it doesn't come on then your sending unit or bulb might have failed prior to the engine getting low on oil and not been able to alert you to the problem. If it does come on then there may have still been just barely enough oil pressure left to keep the light of but not enough to prevent engine damage. Hope this help a bit and good luck with your problem!

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