My car just shut off and I found out there was no oil -- but no engine or oil lights ever came on until it shut down. Only 100 miles past oil change . No over heat light or anything came on, the tow truck driver says it may have a shut-down feature so it won't overheat but not sure . Put oil in it and reset the battery and still nothing. Read maybe timing or reset the ECU but I just find it strange that no lights or warnings ever came on
Unfortunately, there is no oil level sensor. Therefore, there is no warning light or message that will appear to let you know the engine is low on oil. The red oil warning light on the dash is for oil pressure, not the oil level.
Some vehicles may shut the engine off because low oil will cause other systems not to operate, such as variable timing. However, this does not apply to the majority of vehicles on the road.
While it is possible that something else is not allowing the engine to start, the engine most likely has catastrophic internal failure due to lack of oil. If nothing is leaking, there may have been internal damage already present that allowed the engine to burn oil without any warning.
A good mechanic will be able to determine if the engine needs to be repair/replaced, or if something else is causing the vehicle not to start.
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〉 Answered on Apr 18th, 2016 by Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive