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At what milage should a water pump be replaced?

I have 182,000 on my truck....

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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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