2009 Nissan Exterra Stopped

Asked by Jan 24, 2019 at 09:05 AM about the 2009 Nissan Xterra X 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2009 Nissan Exterra shut down while driving on Monday it was -1 degree out.  I had vehicle towed.  Garage said no oil in vehicle..  No leaking oil or I would have noticed..  No sensor light ever came on.  Not burning oil either.  Had oil and filter replaced in September..  Vehicle will not start.  Battery is new and strong.  Starter just gives one "clunk" when trying to start.  When vehicle died, it was like someone turned my key off.  I didn't even know vehicle shutdown due to fan and radio on.  Power steering became difficult.  garage says engine seized.  All they did was check dipstick..  Everyone else is dumbfounded this happened without warning..  Anyone have any ideas...etc?

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If the engine was void of oil, you would have had a low oil light and a temp light. If there were no lights, either there was oil in the engine, or the battery was so low and alternator incapable of charging that the lights failed to come on; a bad alternator can kill a good battery quickly. The "clunk: you hear is probably the starter engaging and not spinning because the engine seized. Dipstick check should be sufficient to show no oil, and frozen engine points to that. You said that you couldn't hear anything because of the heater blower and the radio. Maybe you also had warning lights that you just didn't see; when distracted, they're easy to miss. If you're suspicious about the diagnosis, have the engine opened to see its condition, or have the car towed to another mechanic for a second opinion.

NO.. if there was a light on, I would have easily seen it!!!!!! I am OCD about that shit!!!! The last warning light to come on was the low air pressure light.. None of the other warning lights EVER came on..

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