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1989 honda civic dx 1.5L needs water pump among other things

I bought this old car pretty cheap, it needs some work. The water pump is failing, and I have priced a new one at 45 dollars. I want to install it myself because two mechanics I talked to both told me that labor would be 300 dollars, and that I should replace the timing belt also. Is it possible to replace the water pump without replacing the timing belt? Also, the catalytic converter is getting very hot under driving and is a danger to the leaking gastank. The gastank is leaking above the halfway point, can I just keep a quarter tank of gas and not fix this immediately? Can I repair the catalytic converter without buying a new one? Thanks for reading, maybe this car is not even worth fixing but it is the only one I have right now, and if I can get it to take me to work and back I would be satisfied, it doesn't ever have to go long distances.

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Starting w the timing belt, It must be removed to replace the water pump, there's shouldn't be any addtl labor involved to install a new one. Since the fuel is leaking & the converter is overheating you are asking for BIG TROUBLE if u don't replace them both. Fuel & converters DONT MIX!

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SOURCE: 1991 Honda Civic overheating

hi justin my name is brad i see you are haveing a problem and i think i might know the problem. if you have done all of that to your car and it still over heating you might have a blown head gasket one way to check is to pull your thermostat out and fill your coolant leaving the cap off then start you car let it rrun a few minutes and if you see bubbles the radiator its the head gasket even though you wont have coolant in your oil or out the tail pipe. if you check that and ther is no bubbles i have one other spot for you to check ( dont know if you have the 1.5 or 1.6 sohc ) but if you have the 1.6 sohc with the mpfi you should check on the throttle body at the idle air control valve(IAC) you will see two small line`s that have coolant some times on hondas in the 4GEN(88-91) with high millage the line will fill with crud and that can cause a problem.. if you have any other honda needs please let me know

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SOURCE: car stalling, kicking back on acceleration at 25 - 35 miles speed

Try the crankshaft position sensor. I had the same problem with mine. Hope this helps.

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SOURCE: 1989 civic dx runs great until tank gets to half

There could be something wrong in the fuel lines from the tank to the pump, such as leak along the line. We
have to consider the fact that you changed the pump and the tank. Your car should run great. So, check the line for leaks.

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true the EGR can really make a change and it should have been the first thing too look at because its the cheapest and easy to install

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SOURCE: Looks like the water pump

honda have their water pumpin the timing belt case, it also run with the water pump. so taking out the water pump you have to know what you are doing. you need a person with some experience . or buy the book for your vehicle and do it .

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