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PLEASE HELP! was low on oil, but no oil pressure light went on. car died on freeway.
i noticed my 97 rav4 smelled like burning oil (only slightly) yesterday. today i filled up the gas tank and checked the oil. it was not registering on the dipstick but the oil light was not on (i see the oil light does light up when the engine is off -when all the icons are lit up so i know it at least has a bulb in it).
So, i added a quart of oil and drove onto the freeway. i noticed a little more oil smoke (not a bunch) coming out of the hood -- i think it is because of the oil hitting a hot part of the engine and making it thus smoke.
also the my temperature gauge was normal, and again the oil pressure light never went on.
Before my Rav4 died on the freeway, the engine did not sound weird, no pings, no grinding. it sounded totally like it always does. but then it suddenly started loosing power, and wouldn't respond normally when in 3rd gear (it'a a manual). i tried to down shift to 2nd, but it was not responding. it's like the car didn't even have a key in it. The lights still go on. a small clicking sound like the starter still works. but i am worried the engine is seized up.
do you think i still could have blown my engine? or could it be the timing belt...?
i immedialtly pulled over on the freeway, had the car towed home. Checked the dipstick again, and now again the oil does not register on the stick. i fear that the engine is seized due to my negiect even though the car did not overheat nor the engine light come on....
argggg. Thank you in advance for any advice.