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Old 02-03-2012, 05:52 PM   #21
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Every day when I start my car I hear a high pitched whine coming from that area of my car...is this a good indication the pump has decided to kill itself? I also have seen some puddles of antifreeze right under there too...should I just buck up and change it anyway just to be safe?
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A high pitched screech (not a whine) is likely a slipping accessory belt. The accessory belt idler and tensioner pulleys can also whine, chirp or chatter but if you have coolant leaking in that vicinity, the pump bearings could also have gone. Do some preventative maintenance while making the repair; remove the belt, examine and/or replace the pump if it's leaking and spin all the pulleys. If it were me I'd replace the idler and belt tensioner pulleys if they haven't been replaced before just because I was there. They seem to be the most failure prone.
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New Water Pump Replacement HOW-TO w/ PICS

This removal with pics is really good. (also posted in HOW TO section)
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Due to seeing this thread im now a member here, what a bloody help this was! Had to do it twice though, firstly i saw a leak and managed to somehow make it worse!

So we took the pump out by dropping the engine and replaced it with the rubber and some sealant which we thought would work, put it all back together, filled the car with coolant first (big mistake) which leaked all over the driveway.

So we went and bought a new pump and fit it again but i managed to turn the pump around and wiggle it out of the engine bay and managed to get the new pump back up the same way! So the second repair went much easier and faster than the first which was awesome!

The leak was coming from the bearing that the pulley attaches too, what an absolute bloody joke the thing is though the receipts that i had with the car said it had its pump changed as part of its MOT back in january which was a shambles as it wasnt new AT ALL!

I managed to get a new pump for the car for less than 20 and the receipt showed the pump at 35 second hand? Weird although i dont care as its now done and complete!

But yeah thanks again, much appreciated!
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Try rotating the whole assembly 180 degrees before trying to pull it out. If you turn it upside down the shaft end lines up with the frame indentation. Mine came right out without having to lower the engine. Maybe I just got lucky but it seem like this was how it was intended to be removed.
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