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My 1996 Chevy Cavalier started running hot and had a srong burning smell to it today. I have been looking into it and it seems that the water pump needs to be replaced (another hint was that I have been having coolant leakage as well). I was just curious if anyone knew approximately how much I should expect in repair costs so that I dont get taken advantage of and also if there are other things associated with this problem that the mechanics might suggest I fix as well. Thanks!

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  • invictus026 Jan 10, 2009

    Is the reason it isnt cheap to fix because it requires part of the engine to be taken apart? I thought I read this somewhere. Also, what is the purpose of replacing the thermostat and do you have any idea of what that would cost as well?

  • invictus026 Jan 10, 2009

    Thanks a bunch, I'll brace my bank account for a hit...

  • invictus026 Jan 10, 2009

    I called in this morning to get my car looked at and from what they told me, price depends on the engine I have. A 2.2 is fairly easy to fix, but a 2.4 requires quite a bit of labor (the guy estimated more than 5 hours). He also mentioned it could be a variety of other things, like a blown hose or something of that sort. Is this all correct and are there other things that could be wrong from this little bit of info I can provide?

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I am a mechanic in a shop in my area and replacing a water pump on your car would not cost that much money. I checked the prices of a water pump and thermostat and I would not charge more than $250 for the job. I pays 1.5 hours labor to replace the pump. I hope this is helpful.

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Water Pumps on Cavaliers are not Cheap. You are looking at around 450.00 to fix and I would get a New Thermostat Installed Also.

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    Travis Humphries Jan 10, 2009

    That is Exactly why. Takes a LOT to get to it. The thermostat Could have gotten too hot also. It is better to Fix it when it is in the Shop than to do it later. Will not cost Much to Replace.

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    Travis Humphries Jan 10, 2009

    No Problem! Happy to Help!

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    Travis Humphries Jan 10, 2009

    I would Deffinately have him run a Diagnostic on it and go from there just to be sure. It's always better to be safe than sorry. These Motors are what some people call "Throw away". That's why they cost so much to fix. His estimate is Pretty good and I would let him look at it at Least. Make sure though that the Price quoted is the Price that you pay and if anything Else needs to be Replaced that he Contact you first.

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