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Your 2000 Olds Alero should have the 3400 V-6 engine...the water pump sells for about $45. The change out does not require the removal of any major components...(ie engine mounts etc.) You can loosen the serpentine belt to gain full access to the water pump bolts...Yes you will lose some anti-freeze and need to refill after replacing the pump...antifreeze $8.50 per gallon...recommend you use antifreeze "Good for All Models" as it has proven to be the best for longevity...Hope this helps...Your estimate is way to high...A shop will mark up the part slightly, and charge for labor...This job should be completed in less than 1 labor hour...$55. to $75. per hour depending on your location...PLEASE shop around if you cannot do this one by yourself:)
YEP THE 2.4 ENGINE YOU HAVE TO REMOVE TIMING CHAIN TENSIONER AND TIMING CHAIN.THIS JOB NOT EASY OR HARD BUT IF YOU NEVER DONE ANY KIND AUTO MECHANIC WORK BEFORE JOB WILL BE HARD.IF YOU WANT TO TRY IT.BUY A HAYNES REPAIR MANUAL READ THROUGH IT.THAT WAY YOU KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO REMOVE AND REPLACE WATER PUMP.
If your water pump is leaking, then it will have to be replaced. This is not a job for the beginner as you will have to rmove the timing chain cover, harmonic balancer and timing chain. If you tackle this job your self make sure you mark your valve gears, crank and replace the chain exactly the way you removed it or your timing will be off.
Their is a separate motor for each window. The least expensive fix is to replace the entire track assembly and motor. This is not a big job if you have done it before but it could be if you are not mechanical.