2003 ford escape


#1

on my way home from work traveling at 65 miles an hour, all of a sudden the oil light came on and i got steam or smoke coming from under my hood, and had to be towed home, after it was towed home I tried to start it and and the engine makes this whining sound now.it sounds as if it is trying to turn over but with less of a cranking sound. is the engine gone in it or could there be another issue? thanks for any help


#2

The presence of a lit-up oil warning light is…ominous.
PLEASE do not attempt to start the engine, as this is analogous to asking somebody to run a marathon while experiencing chest pains–i.e–likely fatal.

There are several possibilities, but none of them are cheap to fix.
All I can suggest is that you have the car towed to a competent independent mechanic (NOT to a chain-run operation like AAMCO, Sears, Midas, Monro, Meineke, Pep Boys or a tire store), and tell them what you have described to us.

Examination of the engine could reveal any of the following situations, and possibly more than one:

An engine that was heavily damaged by running it low on oil
An engine that overheated as a result of a coolant leak or a breached head gasket
A snapped timing belt (assuming that this engine utilizes a timing belt)

Please report back to us when you get a diagnosis from the mechanic, and we can help you to decide on your options at that point. Sincere good luck to you!


#3

The engine is probably toast from running out of oil at high speed. But have a trusted local mechanic take a look. If the car is low miles you might want to have a used or rebult engine installed. But if the engine is in fact fried, I’d probably get rid of the car. An 11 year old Escape may not be worth saving.