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Re: at what milage should a water pump be replaced?
This is a tricky one as there are many variables (especially income) when 'just replacing older parts', although it's refreshing to see someone care enough about there vehicle to consider it.. What I would go by myself is: (1) does it leak? waterpumps usually begin to leak (or seep) at the "weep-hole", a small hole you should be able to see near the top of the water pump - if it's dry it's OK. They can also leak behind the pulley (bearing seal) or from the mounting gasket. (2) Is it noisy? If it's making and unusual or 'growling' noises replace it. (3) How's the coolant flow? To check this, open the radiator cap (when the engine's cold of course) and make sure it's full. Then start it up and allow the engine to warm up (when the thermostat opens you should easily see a nice 'flow' of coolant inside the radiator). No matter what you decide, I'd certainly change the thermostat and check all the belts, hoses, coolant condition, etc.
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firstly replacement waterpump is not time sensitive,change it when it goes.
the clutch can last from 7seconds,foot rest, to 150k if driven long distances,sometimes longer,
the paint is water based and should be waxed every year to stop it fading too badly,(good maintenance always pays off.....)red/blue are the worse.
the recommended ?? milage for renewing belt on these is between 100,000 -120,000 miles but again this is a recommended time/milage so if you are close to this milage ? i would advise renewal also make sure water pump shows no sign of impending leakagewhilst changing belt and tensioner
The serpentine belt is on the left side of the motor. You will notice another belt on the right side of the motor to the left of the battery. You will have to remove the battery to get to the belt and water pump. If the leak is in this area then you probably have a bad water pump. It is not that difficult to replace.
water pump pretty cut n dry replace it ,thermostat & gasket . trans shudder at cruising range --- whats the milage ? 50,000 or more i suggest changing trans fluid & filter . NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH A TRANS FLUSH 2 totally diffrent service's.. pull pan change filter & there's a plug on some torq-convertors, depending on transmission ,E4OD has the plug, 4R70W AODE do NOT. SO JUST CHANGE WHATS IN PAN & LET IT DRAIN ASA LONG AS YOU CAN. if no plug service twice in a 3 week period. then if it still does it the trans needs to be rebuilt.