Yes, the engine is overheating. It was so hot the little bit of oil around the place you put in oil was burning off and creating a huge plume of smoke. And the heat coming off the engine was overwhelming when we opened the hood. The A/C went to hot air.I turned off the a/c immediately and had to coast the car off the freeway to a safe area, there was no exceleration. The small red light in the bottom right hand corner of the dash lights lit up (the one that says "temp"). We had driven only about 5 miles, but the air temp here is high. About 105 degrees. There is water in the system, even in the overflow and there is antifreeze in the water. The turning thing seemed really odd to us too. But after making the turn, the gauge went back up quickly.
We are very perplexed and because of my financial situation at the moment, I have to get this repaired as cheaply as possible. And return to my job search. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 AT 10:36 AM