Greetings Fellow CTs,
Recently I posted about my 2014 Cruze that had a bad oil change where the plug was stripped out and the car lost oil. The Chevy dealer repaired it and the shop that did the original oil change paid for the repair and associated costs right away. All seemed to be good.
This morning when we dropped my daughter off at school my wife and I noticed a smell with the quality of melting or burning plastic. As we were in a long line of cars we thought it was another vehicle. The temp gauge read fine and there were no displays on the console. In the afternoon my wife went back to school to pick my daughter up and smelled the same smell again.
She stopped off at the grocery after picking up our daughter and then went home. When she pulled into the driveway a white mist she says started coming out from under the hood. She turned the car off and opened the hood. There was a slightly larger volume of white mist that came up - more like a fog she said. It dissipated quickly. She noted that she did have the AC on and that some of this mist came through the vents. I did check and the vent mode was set to outside air.
Standing in front of the car with the hood up there is an aluminum plate coming off the engine with a hot “hand” warning on it. She said that it seemed the fog was coming the area to the left of the plate but deeper down. It stopped pretty quickly so she didn’t get a really good look.
My examination revealed the coolant reservoir was at the normal level. However a check of the oil showed nothing on the stick. I repeated the check 3-4 times and still the same result. According to my wife the car sounded fine and ran fine in spite of what happened today. No alarms or displays came up on the console warning of any problems. The temp gauge inside the car read just a bit left of center - where it always operates.
The lack of any warnings/alarms and the temp gauge showing normal has me baffled. Something is obviously wrong but I don’t know what. Is it possible during the repair the dealer somehow disabled the low oil sensor? What about the temp sensor for overheat? At this point I’m hoping we’ll get lucky and it will be something relatively minor but I’m bracing for the worst.
Any thoughts/ideas would be greatly appreciated. You guys are the best.