I have a 2012 Kia Optima hybrid. Last Saturday night I was driving home on the interstate and out of no where my car started making a faint noise. It slowly progressed to a loud knocking noise and had trouble accelerating. I was on the highway so I had to accelerate to go the speed limit. The more I accelerated the louder the noise got and it seemed as though the car was having a hard time maintaining speed. This happened for about 15-20 miles.
I eventually got home safely and the knocking noise was pretty loud. I turned off my car and the next morning checked the oil. Previously the oil light would flash sometimes when accelerating but I didn’t think much of it. So, when I check the oil, there was no oil at all. Not even a drop. It looked completely dry. I went to the store, bought oil and added all 5 quarts. My boyfriend picked me up because I already had plans to travel to my parents house, which is three hours away, for Christmas and did not want to drive my car after experiencing that.
I got an oil change at a local mechanic on September 14 this year. The next service date on my windshield sticker says December 13 at 143,000 miles. My car is currently at 143,616 miles. Today I called the mechanic that did my oil change and they said they are going to send one of their guys over to check out my car tomorrow. I decided to turn on the car and move it around the parking lot to see how it was doing since adding the oil but then noticed the engine light came on. As of now, I feel unprepared for when they come check my car tomorrow because I don’t know what the problem might be or what to say. What do I do? What do you think is the problem? Are they at fault?