I have a 1998 Chevy Cavalier. I ran my car pretty low on oil I think, I hadn’t checked the dip stick in about 2 months, 2 months ago it was full. There would be smoke coming out the hood when I would be done driving. The last time I drove it, the temperature gauge was all the way up. I checked the dip stick and there was almost no oil in there. I added a quart and now it’s just above the “add oil” line. It’s been a few days since I added the oil, now when I try to start it, the car won’t even “click”. How should I go about this, is the engine damaged? What could I do to try and get this car running again?

  • Do all the electricals work. E.g. headlights, wipers etc?
    – HandyHowie
    Commented Nov 14, 2020 at 19:24
  • They all work very slow, wipers move very slowly, and the ac has almost no power. Is it an issue with the battery then? The car has gas
    – Adam
    Commented Nov 14, 2020 at 22:06

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If you added a quart and it was above the add oil line than you were not critically low on oil, so it's very doubtful your engine seized. If you don't even get a click you most likely have a problem with the starter motor, starter switch, or electrical system.


From your comment about the electricals - “ They all work very slow, wipers move very slowly, and the ac has almost no power.”, it sounds very much like you have a flat battery at the moment.

Charge the battery or get a jump start and see how the engine behaves then.

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