1998 Ford Explorer engine problems

Asked by Feb 15, 2016 at 05:41 PM about the 1998 Ford Explorer

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I forgot to put oil in my car for a few
months and also get an oil change, this
past Saturday I decided to check the oil it
was low so I put a quart of oil in. I went out
that night and on my way home the RPMs
revved up to five and six and the engine
felt like it didn't want to move, finally I just
shut off on me. Within a minute smoke
started pouring out of the engine area. I
had it towed to my home the next day and
when I took the oil cap off I noticed black
sludge like, I know it's hard to say without
seeing the engine but does it sound like I
blew my engine? Financially I am unable to
spend $1000 fixing it and wanted
someone's opinion, please help!!!

2 Answers

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Oil is the lifeblood of your engine. First thing to do is to pull the dipstick and see if any oil shows. Put in the amount indicated (likely more than a quart) and recheck to see that it shows up to the full line on the dipstick. Now try starting the engine. If you are a lucky person, you shut the car down before major damage was done and it will re-start. There still may be damage but lets see if it comes to life first and get back to us.

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High RPM's while driving and the vehicle not wanting to move could indicate a transmission slipping problem.

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