My wife drives a 2014 Kia Forte with the 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine with 79k miles on it and today, it seized. She had mentioned the car was sounding a little odd a few days prior and I made a very tired mental note to check it sometime. Well 3 days later, today, as we were late for a Dr’s appointment the oil light came on so i stopped and loaded it up with oil, and for about 10 miles to the appt. it was fine. After the appointment we started driving in a stop and go area and as we accelerated it kinda had a squeak/grind and quiet knock so i stopped again on the way home for some fuel system cleaner and GDI valve intake cleaner (i think thats what it is.) Its something I used about 7000 miles ago (the last oil change… big oops) to clean that out and got a big cloud of smoke and the car was healed when it had a slightly similar symptom. The store was out of that, so i simply got fuel system cleaner and put that in until i could get home. As we got back on the road there was a huge screech and jerk to the car, then another as we stopped and accelerated to get to a safe spot. Another bigger screech and jerk and the engine seized and we coasted to a stop. I tried to start it, but it would only do a half turn and quit.
What do you think it is? I imagine the engines possibly toast, but what are my options for the car now?
Thanks for the help!
edit: I should note, she said she hasn’t seen the light come on until today.