Knock, Knock. Who's There? CAR TROUBLE!
September 9, 2013 10:38 PM Subscribe
My car started making a weird noise on my drive home from work tonight. I got home, did some research, and discovered that the noise sounds a lot like "engine knock". I checked my oil level, and it's borderline low-ish. Is is OK to drive to a mechanic or should I walk/take the bus to AutoZone and top up the oil before starting it again? Am I already completely screwed?
posted by Sara C. to travel & transportation (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was under ten minutes from home when the noise started. I got it the rest of the way home very gently, and didn't experience any loss of power or seizing. Just the knock.
The oil level (an hour or so after shutting the engine off) is about halfway between the two dots on the dipstick.
I live a ten minute drive from my mechanic, and a five minute drive from ANY mechanic. Work already knows I'm having car trouble and will be in late, and an annoying half hour dealing with bus routes to AutoZone is worth saving my engine.
I don't think I have an oil leak -- at least not one severe enough to leave an oily spot under the car.