05 Wrangler 2.4l 4 cyl starved of oil and now ticking quite badly
I bought this thing this past July. Had about 50k miles. I made the colossal mistake of assuming the used car lot changed the oil before handing it to me. Shortly after buying it, I left town and returned only days ago. My wife has been driving it, she put about 6k miles on it. Just yesterday, on her way home, the engine began to tick very badly. When she got home, I checked the oil to find nothing on the dipstick. There is no oil on my driveway and the exhaust does not indicate that oil is being burned, so I assume we got it from the dealer this way. I added 3 quarts of oil immediately but the ticking persists (I was hoping for a miracle). I'm not fluent in engine design, but understand basics - I am assuming a valve train issue - anyone have any ideas?