So I purchased a Saturn SL1 in February and the car has worked great for me up until last week. I’ve always had some problem with the exhaust and a fast idle, and I was going to get a diagnostic done on it this week. I’ve also always had my check engine light on since the sensor is broken. Last week I got an oil change and they told me I had sludgey oil, so I had them add the cleaner to try and correct it. But almost immediately after that my car started to sound weird, like the engine was straining and my oil light was on. I returned to the shop and they told me nothing was wrong with the oil.
The light remained on and the car was still sounding pretty bad and I also had another warning light on which was showing the coolant symbol, but my heat gage looked normal. Yesterday I heard some sort of knocking sound and when I hit the gas the RPMs went up really high but my car was barely moving, and then the engine just quit. Some people told me they think my accelerator might have died, but I’m personally clueless when it comes to cars. I’m getting a diagnostic done today but until then I’m just anxious to know what it might be. Thanks