07 Compass Engine malf. ind light, charging light, slipped gears?
Bear with me, my knowledge of engines is pretty much summed up by saying I am smart enough to know I don't know much.
Here's what's going on with the 2007 Compass my wife has:
It's been noisy, almost like it is revving too fast and makes a bit of a clicking sound/rattle.
Tonight we were driving home and it went nuts on us a couple times. I had to accelerate to change lanes and it was like it slipped or something - revved really high, the dashboard lit up like a christmas tree with lights - one was the electronic stability program indicator which went off. The engine malfunction indicator came on and stayed on. Charging system indicator came on and stayed on. Power seemed to be lost then came back, I hit the hazards and nursed it home but had one or two recurrences of the power loss, christmas tree, butt clench moments. It was raining and we may have hydroplaned slightly when it happened... too busy changing my underwear to be sure.
I just went to turn it on after it sat a couple hours wondering if it might be some computer error that would reset. Those two indicator lights were still on.
Background: My wife had it in to a couple places for a driver's side headlight that was out. I took it to one shop that tried replacing the bulb. They said that it was the whole fuse box that needed to be replaced because of some crazy electrical system on the driver's side light - the passenger side light was a simple fuse, driver's side a $1000 fuse box. Wife took it to another shop where they replaced the light and reset some codes and it worked.
Next day that engine noise started.. almost like a moped or something vvvvvrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr click click click click but it seemed fine otherwise before tonight.
So my fear of course is a shot tranny but this is an odd engine and from reading it sounds like perhaps disconnecting the battery to reset the computer might be worth looking at?? Noticed a week ago that the battery looked bad, need to get it replaced - corrosion pretty bad on one terminal.
So other than 'you should have taken it in immediately when it sounded funny' I am hoping for some suggestions or thoughts if one of you experts recognizes the description and can say "Oh yeah, that's XYZ".
Debating on whether to drive it or tow it to a service station tomorrow.
Fear is that it's toast but hoping it is some stupid quirk that is easy to address and we don't need to bury it.