Just replaced my alternator. the guy that fixed it said i need an water pump and timing belt... it makes a grinding sound, "sometimes" but the noise goes away once i get around 35-40mph... Or sometimes it makes that sound when my car is sitting there, but then it goes away... Could it just be clogged or is there anything else i can do to fix the water pump other than replacing it?
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If in fact they are doing it sometimes, but not all the time, this is indicating worn out belts, and they need replacement.
Belts can look good, but can slip and squeal when they get hard and brittle.
I, too, have had that experience with my Hondas.
If the belts did it all the time, you would look for a defect in of the components that the belt is driving. ( Water pump, a/c compressor, idler pulley, power steering pump, alternator, etc.)
God bless your efforts.
If you sit on a driver's seat, the timing belt and the water pump is located on your left most side on the engine under the hood, behind the main pulley. The main pulley accommodates the alternator belt, ac belt and power steering belt, if any.
The water pump and timing belt are both enclosed in the timing belt case.
first of all you are probably going to need a torque wrench for the crank shaft pulley bolt it has 225lbs.of torque or more.I just did one on my 1991 honda accord dx .you have to take off a/c belt ,alternator etc. on the crank pulley.(I took it to a shop and they heated the 3/4 in. bolt and used torque wrench. I broke a half inch breaker bar trying to get it offf) next use puller to take off crankshaft pulley.support motor and remove motor mount bracket. take off upper and lower timing belt covers.take off timing belt and other belt using the tensioners.take off and replace water pump CHECK ALL TIMING MARKS with #1 piston@TDC. There are about 6.
your water pump is in the timing case and requires you to take timing case, timring belt, motor mount and water pump off, then you have to put all back on but you will need to make sure you reset the timing before starting the engine
1.Most likely alternator belt is not tight enough or need new one.2. A/C-Power steering belt is loose or need new one. 3. Bearing in A/C-Power Steering Tensioner is going bad. 4. Not the water pump unless you are loosing water all the time. Timing belt runs the water pump & you need to tear down the engine. If so ,you would need to replace the timingbelt,tensioners, and maybe the hydraulic tensioner. NOT FOR $300, more like 5-600. Get yourself a Haynes Manual for 95-99 Eclipse at AUTOZONE,Advanced Auto, or Pep Boys and read up on this.