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Old 02-10-2011, 07:13 PM   #1
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Changing timing belt - should I change the water pump too? CLassic dilemma

I've got a 2001 Ford Focus with a Zetec. 210 000 km (130k miles). Time to change the timing belt! Taking it to a shop tomorrow morning. I know I should get the tensioner pulleys etc replaced. Is it worth doing the water pump too? I know it doesn't require the timing belt to be removed, but supposedly will cost less to do it now.

With this mileage, is it risky to not do the pump too?


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If it's cheaper now for some good reason then yes have it done, but if it's not a amazing savings then no, don't replace it till it has a problem, I've hit 160k on my Zetec and re-built the motor with the same stock pump, it's going strong and isn't too hard to change when it does propose a problem.
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I agree with dj -> rep point, its probably a one hour job for a skilled mechanic or a 2-3 hour job for a normal guy who is somewhat handy and has jack, stands, and a few wrenches. It was probably tougher to get the belt back on than it was to actually swap out the water pump. If you do the water pump tomorrow then you should probably replace the serp belt and its tensioner assembly too.
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You should do the pump because the timing cover has to be removed in order to remove the water pump, so you should do it while the cover is off- or expect to pay labor for that later. Any mechanic worth his salt would suggest it- but then people are used to getting ripped, so maybe not Anyway, I'd ask him about the serpentine, but definitely the timing belt tensioner has to be done along with the water pump.
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for real though, most of us changed the water pump out when the timing belt was changed
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You should do the pump because the timing cover has to be removed in order to remove the water pump, so you should do it while the cover is off- or expect to pay labor for that later. Any mechanic worth his salt would suggest it- but then people are used to getting ripped, so maybe not Anyway, I'd ask him about the serpentine, but definitely the timing belt tensioner has to be done along with the water pump.
You must be thinking of a different engine, on the Zetec you don't have to touch the timing cover. Just loosen serp belt, remove motor mount, lower engine down a bit with jack and swap out water pump. Either way its probably a good idea to just do it. The waterpump isnt expensive.
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Since you're not doing this job yourself, your paying someone to disassemble part of your car and reassemble it using new parts. Water pumps are not expensive. Why not do it while it's accessible and not have to think, or worry, about it....or "pay" to have it done later?
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i would defo say yes i was bitten twice by previous cars i owned.
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