Leaky water pump?

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Leaky water pump?

Postby mlacomb » Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:57 pm

Had a system flush done a few years ago; the heat in the car on very cold days would not stay warm at idle.

Now - I'm seeing wetness near the back of the water pump (engine side) but only towards the head; nothing on what I would consider the "front" of the water pump where the hoses connect. Has anyone else seen this?

Just want to make sure I'm looking at a water pump leak before I buy parts. Thanks!
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Re: Leaky water pump?

Postby jas88 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:34 am

This probably means the seal where the pump shaft goes inside the pump is leaking.
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Re: Leaky water pump?

Postby RVAFreestyle » Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:46 pm

Hard to tell by your pics the color of your fluid leaking.

If your convinced its coolant, the yes its the pump. And they are pretty pricey for a w. Pump.

Good news is they are easy as pie to replace. Mine went bad with no warning, no noise, at 130k. I believe it was the pump seal only but decided to replace the pump despite it being quiet.... holy smokes was it shot. Had tuns of play in the shaft.

Most new or reman pumps have an improved design that does away with the center impeller to camshaft bolt.

Make sure you get the front pump case half seal and rear housing to head seal with your kit or order them.
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Re: Leaky water pump?

Postby mlacomb » Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:04 pm

I haven't gotten under the car yet - good news is that it doesn't appear to leak on the ground. I do see however on the beam that goes across behind the rad a wet spot from it dripping from this point. I'm fairly certain it's been leaking for some time, but not to a large extent. The other various junk built up is dirt and grime, but I'll definitely degrease it and make sure I'm not losing oil from the valve cover gasket as well.

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Re: Leaky water pump?

Postby RVAFreestyle » Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:14 pm

I supect its water pump failure just leaking atop oil leaks judging soley by the path you say you see the trail
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Re: Leaky water pump?

Postby gsally » Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:49 pm

> but I'll definitely degrease it and make sure I'm not losing oil from the valve cover gasket as well.

The water pump is driven by the cam, that seal might be leaking, when things are apart, see if there's oil on the head/block behind the water pump. Consider replacing it when you swap out the water pump, it's just a few bucks.


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