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Old 04-18-2007, 12:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Water Pump?

hey kids! I did a search, but couldn't find anything on this.
It seems as though I have recently sprung a wee bit of a leak. I noticed it the other day when there was a puddle of coolant under my engine. I got underneath and it looks like it might be coming from the sealing face between the engine and the top most pulley (of the three that I can recall). Is this the water pump? Maybe a bad gasket? Ideas?
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Could be. Has the water pump ever been changed? If your car is an '86 I would think so. It would be a great time to do the timing belt as well.
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Could be. Has the water pump ever been changed? If your car is an '86 I would think so. It would be a great time to do the timing belt as well.
I'm not too sure yet, I haven't gotten ahold of the previous owner yet to see if he knows. All of the belts are rather new still, maybe only a 5000km on them so far.
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Do you KNOW when you timing belt was changed? If not, then it would be a good chance to do that. See if you can get a mirror or something to see exactly where the water is coming from. There is a "weep" hole that is designed to secrete some liquid if necessary. I'm pretty sure that if you have any kind of leak, either from the weep hole, or from around the gasket, you should just go ahead and replace the pump.
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Do you KNOW when you timing belt was changed? If not, then it would be a good chance to do that. See if you can get a mirror or something to see exactly where the water is coming from. There is a "weep" hole that is designed to secrete some liquid if necessary. I'm pretty sure that if you have any kind of leak, either from the weep hole, or from around the gasket, you should just go ahead and replace the pump.
Water pump and timing belt = $70 (if you do it yourself)
Blown engine? $$$

Thanks for the heads up. I had all the belts changed late last fall, so they are OK. I'll get right under there again and see if I can get a better idea of exactly where it's coming from. I would much rather spend the $300 (that's $70 US, isn't it? j/k) than have to replace the engine, that's for damn sure. Is there anything else I should look at while I've got things apart if I do end up replacing it?
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