I have a Chevy Aveo 2005 automatic, in good condition. Have owned car for 3 years, was working perfectly and was scheduled for an oil change. Decided to learn to do this simple task myself. Had folks show me how. Drained pan. Changed oil filter. Car takes 4 qts of oil, so we added that. All seemed well. Took car out onto highway, drove 3 miles when car started pouring white smoke out of the exhaust and the car started lurching and slipping gears. Pulled over, drove another .6 miles home under 30mph. SO- here’s what happened:
Instead of draining the oil pan, we drained the TRANSMISSION fluid. Upon realizing this mistake, we drained the actual oil pan which contained 6 qts of oil and refilled with 4qts new 5w-30 synthetic oil on level ground. Drained remaining transmission fluid and refilled with 2qts O’Reillys T-IV, as the shop said it called for 2.21 qts.
Turned car on and let run for a few minutes. Car is making a rapid clicking sound in the upper left side of the engine and a faint high pitched sound in idle. There also seems to be fluid around the dipsticks, and behind the A/t stick. (overflow oil?)
-What is the possibility of serious internal damage?
-Should I add more transmission fluid?
-Should I drive for a few minutes?
-Is my only option having the car towed and finding a mechanic or are there a few areas I can check for myself? I am interested in learning how my car functions so any help rather than preaching is greatly appreciated. Thanks.