Let me preface this by saying I screwed up big time. I did something very stupid and I’m extremely lucky that things did not turn out worse. I’ve been yelled at several times.
I put off getting my oil changed for way too long. Monday morning, about a mile away from my work, my oil light flashed on for literally a second and then went away. Just before I pulled in the parking garage, it happened again. I asked someone about it when I got to my office & he said I was probably just low enough on oil that it was triggering the sensor, but he would check it for me. Turns out, it was extremely low, so on my lunch break, I walked to a Gas Station and picked up 2 quarts of oil. He put them in for me and checked & I was still pretty low, so after work I drove back to the Gas Station and bought another quart.
The Gas Station is next to a repair shop & one of the mechanics saw me struggling and helped me. After the 3rd quart, my oil was still low. He gave me a 4th quart and finally my level was perfect. So basically, I was just about out of oil. I had no idea the light wouldn’t come on until I was already at risk for ruining my engine. The mechanic said I have 58k miles on my car, but now my engine basically has 100k on it. He started the car & revved the engine and said I was good, but I’m still freaked out.
I have learned my lesson and I will faithfully get my oil changes on time from this point on. I totally could have destroyed my engine and I’m so lucky I didn’t. That being said, I am clearly not at all handy with cars and I am trying to decide if I should get rid of this car now, while it’s running great, or should I hold on to it and risk hefty maintenance costs? I’m almost done paying it off, so it would suck to start all over, but I guess I could consider that my stupid tax.
Not sure if it matters, but it’s a 2012 Nissan Sentra.