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I recently had a problem with my Buick. I purchased it from an elderly gentelman and he apparently put water in the coolant system. I did not realize it until the car began to over heat. Here is the problem. Before the over heating the temp gauge would not rise above two notches when warmed up. Now that I have gotten a flush and new coolant, the temp of the car is rising to about half way. Is this normal? Or was the average temp before the change normal? P

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Porbably is normal temp. Temps are higher, these days, to assist in low emissions. Needs to be 200 to 230 range, usually. The thermostat does not open until just under 200 or so.

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