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Water pump woes

So I've read all about the water pump failures on the Ecotec engine. I was expecting it to happen to mine any day now. Well that day is upon me...I think.

I was cruising in my baby Friday afternoon and all was well. I made it to my favorite bar and even got a nice spot up front. A typical two drink outing over the course of an hour. I go outside and notice a nice puddle of Dex-cool running from underneath the passenger side. I knew it must be the water pump. I made it home about 3 miles down the road and let it sit there all day Saturday. No signs of leaking. I topped off the reservoir and drove it about an hour Sunday watching the temp and anticipating the low coolant light, Nothing out of the ordinary. Coolant level is fine and still no signs of a leak.


Can the water pump have an intermittent leak or am I just on borrowed time?

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They can behave like this. I would suggest getting prepared to change it soon before it really goes and leaves you stranded somewhere.


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Yep, that's what happened to mine. Had a big puddle in my garage, took it into the dealer to check and it was all fine. A couple weeks later and it was obviously leaking again. Took it back to the dealer and it left a huge puddle in their receiving area.

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They can behave like this. I would suggest getting prepared to change it soon before it really goes and leaves you stranded somewhere.
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I've been ready for it to go since NASSAM-Lexington

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Yep, that's what happened to mine. Had a big puddle in my garage, took it into the dealer to check and it was all fine. A couple weeks later and it was obviously leaking again. Took it back to the dealer and it left a huge puddle in their receiving area.
That's what I am afraid of. The service adviser said they would pressure test it to see what it needed. I had that happen on my big truck. Kenworth kept it pressurized overnight and it didn't leak but the next day I kept adding coolant as I was making my rounds.

I was quoted $1197 which is in-line with the threads I have read on here but the warranty is only for one year. Did your dealership offer a better warranty? Does this price sound about right?

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Price is about right at a dealership. I don't know of anyone that offers a better warranty on parts AND labor but I believe there are better parts warranties out there.


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Can't speak to the price. Fortunately, my car was still under the GM warranty at the time, so the replacement cost me nothing.

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Last summer my water pump failed. I had small puddles every few days, not every time I drove it. Coolant was leaking from the water pumps weep hole. Dealer here replaced it for $900 out the door which was inline with quotes I got from independent shops.

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I went ahead and had mine replaced while the dealership had the engine out to do a different warranty repair. Figured I'd get it done so I wouldn't have to pay for labor.
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We changed out one for a friend. Took us 9 hours, mostly because it was our first one and we were probably consuming some beverages at the time. One bolt was particularly challenging to access but other than that it was pretty straightforward. When the pump in our Sky goes I will pay the price rather than do it again. And it carries with it the risk that the chain tensioner might go out of tension and result in a lot more work.
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Thanks for all of the replies!

I have no doubt I could do the job myself. I just don't want to! That's a tight space and my hands don't like me no more!

As for the quote; $284 for the pump and $845 for 6.5 hours of labor plus the applicable sundry of consumables.

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I believe GM has a "lifetime warranty" on major repair jobs. However, it only covers parts, not labor.


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They gave mine a pressure test at the dealership, and it didn't leak at all. I contacted the garage I took it to, and had it in there 2 days later.

Mine was 782 for T-stat, pump, and labor. Can't remember on the warranty. Gotta be a mechanic you trust in the Metroplex that can do it for around that price.

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my beautiful sky has been sitting for over 2 weeks now lol i want to do the repair myself shouldn't be too difficult right lol. but seriously from the sounds of it most people are just lazy or scared should be straight forward
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my beautiful sky has been sitting for over 2 weeks now lol i want to do the repair myself shouldn't be too difficult right lol. but seriously from the sounds of it most people are just lazy or scared should be straight forward
Most of us on the form are getting up on age and have done all the car repairs house repairs etc.not that we can't do them but would just not bother any more and just have it done.we have better things to do.
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Most of us on the form are getting up on age and have done all the car repairs house repairs etc.not that we can't do them but would just not bother any more and just have it done.we have better things to do.
Indeed! The enjoyment of working on cars faded away when I had to start wearing glasses.


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