Engine overheating

Tiny
DAVE6194
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  • 2000 OLDSMOBILE ALERO
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 155,000 MILES
The engine overheats and I can't understand how its happening. For a period of about a month I kept losing coolant and couldn't find where. Then it started overheating. To this point I have replaced the water pump. Thermostat and pressure cap on the reservoir. The engine temp is fine at idle but there is no heat in the car. The trouble begins when the RPM's are increased. Water is blown out the overflow and the temp rises. Before this happens there also doesn't seem to be any pressure buildup when the cap is removed.
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Friday, January 23rd, 2009 AT 7:12 PM

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Tiny
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The most common problem with the alero and malibu w/3.4 engine is intake manifold gaskets are leaking. It will also have water in oil that can portray blown head gasket. 95% of the time it is only intake gasket leaking internally. Also look on top of bell housing for antifreeze.

Here is a guide to help

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/engine-overheating-or-running-hot

good luck!!
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Saturday, February 7th, 2009 AT 7:06 PM
Tiny
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I had same problem; replaced the coolant temp sensor, thermostat, and reservoir cap. Didn't help. Turned out that the plastic reservoir itself was slightly warped/out-of-round where the cap screws in, so that even with cap on tightly it would not hold pressure. To test this, I put the black overflow hose that comes out of the reservoir (near the cap) into a clear plastic water bottle. With engine hot and a little water in the bottle, I could squeeze the radiator hose and see bubbles in the water bottle. No air or coolant is supposed to get through that cap until it's over 15PSI. Got a new reservoir ($35/RockAuto) and now system holds pressure. I'm leaving the plastic bottle in place, the overflow hose sort of holds it in place, doesn't interfere with nearby moving parts, and will show me if there's any more overflow (haven't seen any in 3 days)
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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 AT 9:28 AM
Tiny
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I had this problem it has the head gaskets DOH. Its normal for the temp gauge to run a little high on a 3.4
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Saturday, May 18th, 2013 AT 5:21 AM
Tiny
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I had the same issue and it is normal for it to run a little hot because the gauge is off a little.
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Friday, July 12th, 2013 AT 8:37 PM

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