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This is not a prank, this is vandalism. File a police report against him.
Send the car to a reputable dealer for a complete inspection and repair and have the person be responsible for the complete billing.
If he refuse to pay then you go after him through the legal system.
You wrote: "I parked at my friends house and he apparently emptied my oil as a prank and figured I would find out before starting to drive"....WTF??? A JOKE? That's not like any joke I've ever heard...and this is a FRIEND? What's next, sugar in the gas tank? Remember, friends don't let friends drive without oil in their cars. He needs a serious A$$ kicking.
I said heat light....but the Murano has a heat GAUGE...sorry for the misnomer. You may be ok if you pulled over and shut down as soon as you heard the knocking. Oil starvation usually results in your valves tapping first as they run out of lubricant....your bearings are at the bottom and would benefit from any dripping oil that might be in the lines or coming down from the valves etc....so you may be ok. You're right...if it's bearings, you've pretty much $hit canned an engine...because with the main bearings comes the rods connected to the pistons, etc. But the engine didn't heat up...friction causes heat and is a major killer of engines. If it stayed cool, then you may be lucky.
At the very least, change your oil and filter and use the oil you put in not too long ago to flush out any metal filings that might have come from metal scraping on metal without lubricants.
One of my daughters ran out of oil....ignored the oil warning light (my girls think a red light on the dash means Xmas is coming ) and the engine heated and actually BURNED HOLES thru the valves and valve guides. It was ugly...so I said screw it...bought her a used engine with over 120K miles on it out of another Probe and put it in for $600 and made her pay for it....boo-hoo time....
Good luck on your situation....you may be ok....and dodged a bullet.
BTW...how did you get the car back home or wherever it came from with no oil in it? How did you think to look for the drain plug? Had you just come from an oil change from this "someone"? Did he look anything like you? Heh-heh.....jes hadda' throw that in. I usually say something like..."You wouldn't believe what my brother did..." It helps to remain anonymous.
Sorry if I sound like an idiot but could spark knock be fixed by...replacing the spark plugs?
The noise I heard was when I was backing out of a parking space on an incline and I haven't noticed the same noise when on my flat driveway. It is a high pitched rattle sort of like an old fashioned alarm clock ringing. I am using regular fuel right now and I got a half tank left but would gladly switch to premium as long as it is safe to keep using the car while it is making this noise.
On a side note- are you Persian? I noticed your username and couldn't help but notice. I think it's awesome that you're giving out all this great advice and I can't thank you enough
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