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Guys...Did I just kill my car?
Alrighty...so I had myself an action packed day. I was about 60 miles from home from visiting a friend when I heard a loud thump from the rear of the car. No later than 30 seconds after, there was a cloud of smoke coming out of the back of the car. I quickly pulled over ans shut off the car. Turns out, the thump was my oil filter taking flight and a ton of oil making contact with the exhaust. The car pretty much bled itself out on the side of the road.
Lucky for me, I had a spare oil filter in the back...however, I only had a quart and 3 quarters of Mobil 1 in the back accompanying said filter. Thankfully, I pulled over only about a half mile from the only store in town, a tiny petrol station. Said petrol station only had conventional oil (ugh).
So, I had to make a decision, wait a few hours for my parents to try to rescue me, run it very low on oil, or run it on a conventional/Mobil 1 mix until I got home. Considering that daylight was fading fast and there wasn't a chance in the world of my parents of ever finding me (they're that bad with directions), I bought the conventional.
New oil in and new filter on, the car seemed ready to jet! I got it to about 20 miles from home before I noticed something a little odd. Coolant temps were hanging around 205 degrees and there was a rather concerning amount of heat coming from the hand brake.
With 10 miles to go, the car started heavily sputtering. The CEL came on and started flashing.
At that point, I pulled over again and I got out. The car was heavily smoking and I feared that it was actually on fire..but nope, the smoke cleared and after a few minutes, I started the car back up again...white smoke shot out of the exhaust and I very carefully set out again. The car's acceleration is definitely messed up. I can't tell if it's the engine doing it or the transmission. If I rev it in Neutral, all's normal...but any acceleration on the road itself causes the engine to almost stall out...
So what gives? Is my engine dead or something? Or did my transmission pick now to give up the ghost?
Edit: Oh, and my coolant tank is still full (albeit there were bubbles popping inside as if it were boiling), I was only 1k until my next oil change, and the CEL didn't throw a code for some reason.