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Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, Help! Water pump issue in Cadillac Engine Technical Discussion; Ok, Heres what happen. Im driving Saturday morning-life is good and car running great. Suddenly, I notice white smoke in ...
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    Help! Water pump issue

    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 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 ? thank you all

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    Re: Help! Water pump issue

    You could check with rockauto.com to get all the parts you need and replace it yourself.

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    Re: Help! Water pump issue

    If the pump is not leaking it's good. You probably just seized a tensioner bearing.

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    Re: Help! Water pump issue

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    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

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    Re: Help! Water pump issue

    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

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    Re: Help! Water pump issue

    Haha..Im sure its not to hard if your mechanicllly inclined.

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    Re: Help! Water pump issue

    The tensioner pulley and bearing is $25 - the belt is another $10 - takes 5 minutes to change the pulley - just 1 bolt

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    Re: Help! Water pump issue

    Quote Originally Posted by tateos View Post
    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..

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    Re: Help! Water pump issue

    Too late now, I guess he sold it to the tow truck guy for $400 something. It would've been a very easy fix...

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    Re: Help! Water pump issue

    Quote Originally Posted by thewireman* View Post
    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....

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    Re: Help! Water pump issue

    Yeah, he said it on this post, on the bottom- http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...-i-made-2.html

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