2000 Olds Alero (POS), 1971 AMC Hornet SC 360 and 2006 Kia Rio (wife's car)
Here's the situation. My wife was coming home down the freeway the other night when her car started smoking and the temperature needle shot up past hot very quickly. It was at night so I drove over to where the car was with a flashlight. I spotted a crack in the upper radiator hose so I suspect that coolant has been seeping out for a while. We had to have the car towed home. The next morning I replaced the hose and put some coolant in it. Before I went to start it, I checked the oil dipstick and it came out bone dry. I then saw something that really has me worried. There's a visible pool of oil down by the bottom of the engine. Also the engine won't start but it was sitting on the side of the freeway with the flashers on for over two hours so the battery could be drained. The strange thing is we live in Las Vegas and it's been very hot lately. I drove the car to work (30 miles each way) almost every day last week with no problems at all. I'm not a mechanic so I need all the help I can get.