1998 plymouth voyager3.3l has leak at water pump behind pulley
Recently had van backed into causing damage to radiator and grill....insurance took care of it including changing water pump but now a year later after warranty up the water pump continues to leak from behind the pulley....could a faulty thermostat cause this leak and if so could it repair this problem without changing out the water pump
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Re: 1998 plymouth voyager3.3l has leak at water pump...
First of all, changing thermostat will not fix your water pump leak. Obviously defective pump or install. Be sure to take a closer look, in case it's a loose hose in the area. Leaking from behind pulley, usually calls for new pump. What I would do though, is take it back to original repair shop & question them about any warranty that may apply. Some have 1 yr. some have limited lifetime etc. If you can obtain a copy of work done, the part number on the pump should give you what you need to call (or shop can call) and inquire about that particular part number as far as warranty goes. (I'd make the call myself, ahead of time, so I know.) That way, perhaps the shop who originally installed it may feel some kind of obligation to replace it at a reduced fee, as in labor only. ($27 for new pump) . Be nice, play a little dumb, it may help, and if they want you to pay the whole shot over again, go elsewhere for estimate.
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Park your car overnight and put a
large white piece of paper underneith your car. In the morning check
the paper. If the paper is wet with liquid, you could have a water pump
If the paper has green (in most
cases) fluid on it, there is a good chance your vehicle is leaking
coolant (sometimes refered to as "water"). In many cases, when you are
leaking coolant it could be coming from the water pump.
Turn the engine off and open the hood.
Locate the water pump pulley.
The pulley is the round part that the belt is attached to. To find it,
look for the belts. You will see more than one pulley. Your car will
have an alternator with a pulley and perhaps an air conditioner, power
steering and smog pump pulleys. If you are unsure, ask your mechanic to
point out the water pump pulley.
Grab opposite ends of the round
pulley and check for "play" (looseness): Try to rock it back and forth.
There should be no give. If there is, the bearings are going and it's
time to replace the water pump. By the time you can feel play in the
water pump pulley, you may also be able to hear the bad bearing when the
engine is running - there may be a low-pitched grinding noise coming
from the water pump pulley.
Visually check the water pump
(it's located behind the pulley) for signs of a coolant leak. If the
water pump gasket is leaking, it must be replaced. This is a good time
to get a new water pump, too, unless it was just recently replaced.
Possible leak areas waterpump, heater core, intake manifold gasket, radiator or hoses. Waterpumps have what they call "weep holes" which is an early warning system to prevent major damage when pump fails. The weep hole needs to be inspected from below and is usual behind waterpump pulley. If it's your heater core, you should smell anti freeze inside truck and in most cases windshield will fog up. Radiator could be pin hole to front side of radiator (which is buried behind AC condenser & grill) and if it was head gasket, intake manifold symptoms would be coolant in oil OR lots of white smoke from exhaust.
Try parking it on a clean dry surface and see if you can narrow down area where leak is coming from.
First - it's old, things break.
Your brake line somewhere is leaking. I good repair place would / should have seen this.
The brake light is because the car thinks the PARKING brake is on, not because the brakes need to be replaced.
Chrysler products that I have owned from 1990 to 1998 have had a problem with blown head gaskets. A 1998 Plymouth Breeze being the last one that I had to replace the head gasket in. The exhaust leaks into the coolant and forces it out, and the car runs hot.
Junk it and get another van!
The diagnosis is correct, either the head gasket is blown or the head is cracked or both, but in any case the head will have to be planed/machined to insure it is flat, otherwise the new head gasket will leak.