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How do you know when you need a new water pump?

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    Question How do you know when you need a new water pump?

    My 2002 Camaro SS is slowly dripping coolant from the front, bottom, center of the engine... All hoses look good and I'm suspecting it may be the water pump. Am I on the right track?

    Is it hard to install?

    Is that my problem?

    To install what parts and tools do I need?

    How much time does it take to do it?

    I put my long tube headers on myself, can I do my own water pump?


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    mine was doing the same thing about a week ago. There was coolant leaking down the front of my engine, and I suspected it might be the water pump as well, but it wasn't spewing out or anything like like...more like a constant trickle. Anyway, I ran to the store and when I got back I decided to check it out with the engine running and it was just the TB coolant hose that was loose. Hope that helps.

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    Usually the sign of a WP going out. Very easy to replace. 45 minutes with a beer included.

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    a beer should ease the installation

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01ws6er View Post
    mine was doing the same thing about a week ago. There was coolant leaking down the front of my engine, and I suspected it might be the water pump as well, but it wasn't spewing out or anything like like...more like a constant trickle. Anyway, I ran to the store and when I got back I decided to check it out with the engine running and it was just the TB coolant hose that was loose. Hope that helps.

    I did the throttle body bypass mod so my coolant definitely doesn't go through there. Thanks for the input though


    Quote Originally Posted by Danger731 View Post
    Usually the sign of a WP going out. Very easy to replace. 45 minutes with a beer included.
    I'm going to do it this week in class illegally. We're not on that stuff right now so I'm not supposed to be working on it but I will anyway. I have to.

    Just for kicks I called the dealership to see how much it was to buy and the labor.

    $330-Water pump
    $150-Labor

    Autozone

    $130-Water pump
    $0-Labor(ME)

    I'm going the Autozone way! I looked at all my shit and it didn't look that hard to do. Just time consuming.

    This water pump thing really pisses me off because I need some rear tires right about now. I'm so broke right now...

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    Water pump will take you an hour max, not hard at all. Not a must, but would be a good idea to get new gaskets for the WP as well.
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    Mine went a few weeks back...dumped fluid all over the garage floor,etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    Water pump will take you an hour max, not hard at all. Not a must, but would be a good idea to get new gaskets for the WP as well.
    gasket, what ? for what a 68 impala ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ApexVIII View Post
    might as well get an electric one while your at it!
    go ahead and paypal me $570 and I'll be sure to get one

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