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Owner of an 2004 alero Oldsmobile. What the normal

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Hello I'm Rosetta. Owner of an 2004 alero Oldsmobile. What the normal temperature for my car? Do it supposed to be passed the middle line? How often do I have to keep water in my car???
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Oldsmobile
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 1 year ago.

Does this vehicle have the 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder engine?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 1 year ago.

Great, thanks!

Ok, the "normal" operating temp for this vehicle is around 195 degrees or so (give or take a few degrees is ok). So, no, the gauge should not normally go above the middle line.

You should not have to keep adding water/coolant to the vehicle at any time. The system should be sealed and there should be no "burn off". If you are having to keep adding water/coolant, then there is a leak somewhere. Unfortunately, these 3.4L 6-cylinder engines were very well known for having head gasket problems. At this point a cooling system pressure test should be done. This is where a tool is installed onto the cooling system and then pressure is pumped into the system. If the gauge on the tool does not hold steady, there is a leak somewhere. If my answer has helped you, please help me by leaving a rating or accepting my answer so I may be credited.
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Expert:  Ron Z. replied 1 year ago.