I'm Jon, i'm new here. I have a 2012 Ford Fiesta SE manual that I picked up in 2015. It has been an excellent car thus far.
I did an oil change last night as it was a little overdue. I was very surprised when I only got ~3.5qts of old oil out of the drain. It was low on the dipstick, but not *that* low.
Anyway, I put in the requisite 4.5qt and checked the dipstick, it was a little high but I read somewhere that dipsticks sometimes read high after a fresh oil change, before it's been run. I started it up, ran it for a minute, turned it off and checked the dipstick again, all seemed well.
I go to bed proud of myself for maintenance well done and wake up to go to work.
Now the fun begins:
I turn the key to start the car and it sounds like the starter engages the crank for 2-3 revolutions, and then spins freely making a loud whining noise. I turn the key back to on and then try to start again, it whines again.
I turn the car all the way off and then try to start it again, only to hear whining (starter not engaging crank). Eventually, the starter wouldn't stop whining immediately after returning the key to "on" from "start", the whining would continue even when the starter shouldn't even be running. Then, on my last trial, I heard various clicking coming from my dash while it whined and the tachometer needle even twitched a bit.
I am stumped. I don't know what is wrong with this car and it is my only method of transportation for the old, snowy winters of Utah so I need to get this sorted quickly. I am also low on funds or I'd have it towed in and diag'd by a professional. I am good with cars and decent with electronics, but newer cars have a lot of systems I'm not used to. I work predominantly on jet skis, motorcycles, and old Volkswagens.
Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated.