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Water Pump Replacement?

I have just been reading in another thread about the cost of water pump replacement and the need to have a dealer do it.

Its is scary at that price!! Is there something or things that need to be done as preventative maintenance to prevent the failure or at least postpone it?

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Basically, it's a crap shoot. Nothing I know of will prevent or delay it going out. My wife's went out at 60k & mine was fine to 90k. Had it replaced when I had the motor rebuilt. My local mechanic did mrs stuck's for $450, IIRC.
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I was going to say it's a crap shoot, but I see stuck got there before me. It seems to me that they go bad earlier on the redlines and GXPs than on the NAs. Many have speculated that it is because the heat from the exhaust manifold and the turbo. It is also more expensive to fix on the turbo engines because you need to remove more parts to get to it.

There isn't any preventative maintenance that appears to slow it down, but some of them last a long time and others go bad sooner. If you are good with tools, have some mechanical experience, and are willing to buy the specialized tool required to properly do the job, there is no reason that you NEED to have it done at a dealer. They are just as likely to screw it up as you are. If they have a lot of Ecotec experience they are much less likely to mess up.

So, don't worry about it, it'll happen when it happens, and maybe you'll luck out and it won't fail!



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Some have stated that adding a water pump lubricant to the coolant has helped them. I am willing to give that a try. I have done a water pump swap on a Sky RL in the Punisher garage. It took us 8 hours. We took our time and made a few mistakes along the way but it came out well. Its been back in service for several months with no issues. I think we can do the next one in 5-6 hours, again taking our time but based on lessons learned.

There are very good instructions available, from DDM and others that worked well for us. I approached using the clamping tool with some trepidation however it functioned as designed and we had no issues with the chain at all.

We did it without removing any of the intake components and had the car on my lift which gave us easy access to the bottom and the top which helped.

If you have a friend with slippery fingers like I do, have the tool recovery magnet handy LOL
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I just had mine replaced this week. 60,032 miles on the clock.

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Sounds about right. A little behind the usual time frame but definitely about right.


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Thats why I am looking at his. My car has 91K on it and I dont think it was ever done in the past. So I may be overdue.

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I didn't get mine done until over 70K. It was slightly leaking (added water 1 in 2 years) so even a "Failing" pump can take a while to really go completely out. And remember, this doesn't happen to everyone.


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I just had mine replaced this week. 60,032 miles on the clock.
Dealer, mechanic with a shop, local backyard mechanic? Cost? Warranty?

Just figured put some recent numbers out there for folks

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