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97 dakota, cliick/tapping noise, brown liquid spray, help

This morning i ran to the store and noticed a clicking/tapping type noise under the hood, then later that night i ran about 1 1/2 miles down the road and the noise was there, louder, so i popped the hood and was immedialty sprayed in the face with liquid, there is a spray line on the underside of the hood from the belts. the steering and braking both seem fine. the liquid appears to be a rusty almost brownish color. Hard to tell in the dark with a flashlight. Also it seemed like the pulley that the radiator fan runs off is loose. If i push on the fan the whole pulley seems to move. Is that a bad water pump? Any info is appreciated as this is my only means of transportation. work is monday so i only have so much time to fix this issue. thanks

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  • thepj1 Nov 28, 2008

    thanks man, hope its not the block, thanks for the verification tho.

  • thepj1 Dec 03, 2008

    It was the pulley on the water pump, bearings inside the pressed pulley went. In the morning i went out and put my hand on the fan to lean over to look and the whole fan moved, so i replaced the waterpump and everythings working good now. Thanks for the direction toward the problem.

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I would expect that the water pump has failed and would take a look closer in the morning and make sure nothing else has cracked, i expect the pump housing has but make sure its not a crack in the block or anything.

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  • alex Martin Nov 28, 2008

    i can understand these things always happen at the worst time......good luck let us know what you find.

  • alex Martin Dec 04, 2008

    your welcome glad it was an easy fix

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