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Thread: well i knew it couldnt be this simple

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    Jamies97Cat is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): Cadillac Catera
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Tarpon Springs FL

    well i knew it couldnt be this simple

    i think the water pump is leaking on my catera that i just got finished with an oil cooler swap. i washed my shop floors yesterday and parked the car inside and tonight i went back to work on a uhaul truck i got at the shop and i noticed a puddle under the car, so of course i stuck my finger in it and licked it, lol i'm not scared by the way, and sure enough it was coolant. so i looked under the car and couldnt see directly where it may be coming from, so i put the car in the air and got under it while running and stood there for 20 minutes at least before i see 2 or 3 tiny drips onto the crank pulley, its so hard to tell with the timing cover in the way but wouldnt that sound like the water pump leaking? its not coming from above the water pump, everything above it is dry. i guess no way to know for sure until i pull the timing cover and look at the actual water pump. i should have done that and the timing belt when i had the intake off, now i have to pull all the crap out from behind the radiator again. ugggggg gotta love cars. guess it will be another week before i put it on the road. fun fun!!!

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    Po Pimp is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 92' Eldorado, 97 Catera
    Join Date
    Dec 2006

    Re: well i knew it couldnt be this simple

    It could very well be the water pump. Keep in mind that a lot of the horror stories of the tensioner seizing could be attributed to a leaking water pump. They get all over the tensioner when this happens. These gaskets are prone to failure. That is why it recommend that you change these everytime you do the timing belt a 4 years/40,000 miles.

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