: Help! Water pump issue



limoguy
03-28-10, 09:01 AM
Ok, Heres what happen. Im driving Saturday morning-life is good and car running great. Suddenly, I notice white smoke in the rearview mirror and I check coolant temp and its 250:mad: Right away Im thinking the dreaded head gasket finally went. Turns out the water pump pullys, belt and tensioner were destroyed. No question about there is 308K miles of wear & tear on these moving parts. Nothing lasts forever. At this point I dont know if the water pump is bad but it does turn.

I did drive the car to the shop. I was 6 miles from the shop. So, I drove it a little then turned it off before it got over 240 and coasted. She kept on starting easily.Then I let it rest and repeated the same procedure until I arrived at the shop.

Now, I didnt fix it yet. Im wondering if I should at this point in its life. She has 308K on her now. I dont want to start throwing money into a dieing horse I have to make a decision Monday morning. The fix would cost about $400 w/o water pump.


What would you do:worship: ? thank you all

thewireman*
03-28-10, 11:54 AM
You could check with rockauto.com to get all the parts you need and replace it yourself.

Ranger
03-28-10, 12:23 PM
If the pump is not leaking it's good. You probably just seized a tensioner bearing.

limoguy
03-28-10, 08:11 PM
If the pump is not leaking it's good. You probably just seized a tensioner bearing.

Ok..I know it wasnt leaking before this happen. Sounds like the tensioner bearing did go.
Think its worth fixing?
Would cost me $5000 for a replacement car if i dont fix it. This fix is about 350-400

Thawcko
03-28-10, 08:43 PM
Not a very hard fix... why not just get the parts and fix it yourself, need a special tool to remove pump,,, can borrow from auto-zone

limoguy
03-29-10, 12:11 AM
Haha..Im sure its not to hard if your mechanicllly inclined.

tateos
03-29-10, 06:30 PM
The tensioner pulley and bearing is $25 - the belt is another $10 - takes 5 minutes to change the pulley - just 1 bolt

Thawcko
03-30-10, 04:45 PM
The tensioner pulley and bearing is $25 - the belt is another $10 - takes 5 minutes to change the pulley - just 1 bolt


I agree, It will take longer to find the wrench then to do this,.... Give it a shot..

thewireman*
03-30-10, 07:49 PM
Too late now, I guess he sold it to the tow truck guy for $400 something. It would've been a very easy fix...

Thawcko
03-31-10, 12:07 AM
Too late now, I guess he sold it to the tow truck guy for $400 something. It would've been a very easy fix...



Wow... and here I am replacing a crank and he needed a pulley... Hey I would have given $450....

thewireman*
03-31-10, 10:17 AM
Yeah, he said it on this post, on the bottom- http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/northstar-performance-technical-discussion/192637-300-000-miles-i-made-2.html