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water pump shot, what about timing belts?
Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:32 PM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:04 PM
the pump itself might be fine, if its leaking from the seal you may just be able to put a new gasket on it. the pumps are pretty notable for failure so most people would just throw the $30 at a new one while they have it apart. if the water is coming out of the case or the neck where the pulley is the pump is dead.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 06:40 PM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:43 PM
what happens if you leave the covers off?
Check out this thread if you want to see most of the pros and cons. I don't use them, makes it a lot easier, I can change my water pump in about 20mins (one of the downsides to an Autozone pump, they break a lot, but it's got a lifetime warranty). I haven't had any issues, plus the timing belts on this are really easy to change with no covers on it, so even if they do fail, you can keep a spare set in the car. The engine is non-interference, so it won't damage anything.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:59 PM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:25 PM
Regarding the water pump, when it is completely shot, the fan will wobble and chop up your radiator. Which is another $160 in parts. Plus you may be stranded out in the boondocks. The tow could be real expensive.
After draining the radiator and removing: the auxiliary fan, the fan blades, the alternator, all three front timing covers, the inertia fan belt pulley, and the left side timing belts, most people will not be pinching penneys in what they replace. You might find shot timing belt pulleys for instance. Will you have replacements if you discover that and still get a rapid turnaround? Or do you have a backup vehicle? Subaru dealers will charge a fortune for their parts. Then you have to get there with your car out of commission. The 5 bolts that attach the water pump may also just be lose. If the water pump was installed without caulking in the top drain hole, then dirt has been working it's way into the bearings. 15,000 miles is quick for a water pump to go out, but then maybe the seller told you a little fib. Rock Auto sold me a cracked water pump and then wanted it back so that they could sell it to someone else. Sooner or later, you are going to need another water pump, new belts, new pulleys, new timing belt gear, and replacement used timing belt covers with through bolts. You might as well have them all on hand before you start tearing into your only transportation.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:42 PM
... just to be sure it IS in fact the water pump how do you tell? its dripping off the timing covers onto the ground coming from the water pump area but the space is just too crammed to see a weep hole...
Well, I found interesting that Nobody has suggested that the 90º Degrees 5/8" Hose in the Top of the Water Pump, could be the Culprit; and those fail more often than Water Pumps, also a Water pump Fail usually doesn't develop such a small leakage that let you drive with it for so many miles...
So, I Kindly suggest you to Start by Looking There, and let us Know how do you find that 5/8" hose.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 11:22 PM
Posted 12 October 2012 - 11:50 PM
Posted 13 October 2012 - 02:15 PM
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