Don't drive this in this condition or more damage is going to possibly be done.
The coolant being low will ruin the engine. By the sounds of it damage has already been done.
With all due respect, you may be better off having a mechanic look at this. Not knowing where the fluids go isn't a good sign.
There is a dipstick for both the oil and transmission fluid. The coolant should be at a 50/50 mix of coolant to water. IT goes in the reservior, where the coolant cap says "coolant" and it also goes into the radiator. On the radiator in the front of the engine compartment there is a metal cap that is pressed down and turned counterclockwise to remove. Do this when it is cold to prevent any spraying of hot coolant or steam on you.
By your description of what is happening it sounds like this may have started as a coolant leak, it overheated and a fair chance of a headgasket failure may be present. Since this engine has been previously run low on oil and damage is already present I think the current overheat problem you are having may have pushed it over the edge.
Sunday, January 11th, 2009 AT 6:55 AM