While on the interstate, oil light flashed, engine made noise, lost acceleration and vehicle died. What happened? 2004 Mazda3.
I have a 2004 Mazda3 automatic. Yesterday morning, I was on the interstate on my way to work. Everything seemed fine then within about 30 seconds all of the following took place:
-my cruise was set and it very slightly felt like I was losing horsepower in and out, but barely noticeable, like the feeling of an old car on a cold day struggling to take off, but much less apparent, and I was going about 70 mph. A slight hesitation I guess is a good way of explaining it.
-moments later, my oil light started flashing and then came on full.
-right after, I noticed my engine making a very unpleasant sound like a rattling, not so much of a knocking.
-I immediately knew something was terribly wrong and keep in mind all of this happened within about a quarter mile. I pulled off of the interstate because I happened to be right by an exit.
-As I was slowing down on the off-ramp, my check engine light came on, and my motor ceased to function. I also lost power steering, brakes, etc.
-I was able to coast to the side of the off-ramp, and I checked under the hood, but I didn't see any obvious signs, like a belt gone or something. It was below zero temperature, so I didn't look long, and I didn't pull my dipstick which I feel dumb for now.
-I called for a tow, and got a call back from the repair shop later that day. They said my engine was destroyed and that they thought I must have hit something which caused me to lose my oil filter and all of my oil which caused my engine to die.
-However, I did NOT hit anything. Is there some other explanation for what might have happened? The repair shop I took it to is the same one that changed my oil last about 3000 miles ago, so are they trying to cover their butts, and something they did actually caused this?
-To add to the confusion, I called the repair shop again today, and the person I talked to was out sick, so I was asking another tech some questions, and he said I had a hole in my oil pan. This is totally different than what I was originally told. It is also important to note that I was not leaking any oil prior to this event. There is not a drop in my garage where the vehicle is kept.
-I know I need to look at my car, and have them show me what they're seeing, but I haven't been able to yet. I am hoping tomorrow I will be able to go there.
Any help is greatly appreciated, and I will answer any questions you may have.