Need New Engine??
Ok so here's the deal. I was driving today and my car started making a god awful noise from right around the area underneath the cup holders in the center console. My first thought was the transmission was going (it has had issues for a while now including grinding when downshifting to 3rd and often not wanting to go into reverse). I've kept saying especially the last few months that I need to get it looked at but never do it, so that is why I thought that. It kept getting louder and louder and I noticed it only did it when I had the gas pedal pushed in, and was worse if I actually tried accelerating and eventually wasn't even wanting to accelerate at all. Finally it just stopped working all together, just like that the car stopped. There was no smoke, no leaking of fluids, just nothing. All electrical still works, I can still turn on the radio and such, just the engine will not turn over now. From several people I have talked to, including the tow truck driver, I have been given several different ideas about what it could be and I'm looking to see what everyone else things. So here is what we have for options....
1. blown engine?
2. blown transmission?
3. engine was low on oil, tow truck driver says many new cars have a sort of "emergency shut off" for the engine that prevents the engine from actually blowing if low on oil. Is this true and is this something that may be possible for this car?
4. Timing chain?
The car is a 2006 Cobalt ls, 2.2 engine, with just over 126,000 miles.
I have had some other on going problems with stupid computer related stuff, but I don't think they could really have caused anything but it involves the secondary air injection system needing a couple parts replaced, as well as my pcv valve/gasket was leaking into my air filter and such but that seemed to have stopped since we cleaned it out and hasn't happened since, and also haven't had the same problems, but my MAP code has returned since just none of the actual symptoms.
I am open to any ideas or suggestions of things to check or whatever. I am due to have a baby the very beginning of August and can not live without my car, and I still owe way more on it than it's worth (plus I love my car). Thanks!!