No power after oil change

Asked by Feb 15, 2017 at 11:12 PM about the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My son has a 2011 Chevy Malibu
that he just purchased, but said
the dash said to get oil change
soon and when I checked there
was no oil at all. I told him to put in
the oil and he put in the entire big
can of oil and 2 other small ones.
Now the car doesn't take off as
quick and has no power, he did
overfill the oil, but what could be
the issue?

3 Answers

71,585

If you overfill the crankcase the oil can foam causing a drop in oil pressure. Some newer vehicles have a feature that helps prevent engine damage from the low oil pressure by reducing power and/or shutting down completely. Check your owner's manual to see if this applies to you. HTH. -Jim

20,915

Drain the excess oil.

54,445

Wow, what would be wrong with pulling out the dipstick and checking the oil?

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