Question about 2004 Dodge Stratus
On a Dodge Stratus, you cannot just change the water pump (more properly called "coolant pump") alone, since it is powered by the timing belt, such that you need a complete set that includes the pump, the timing belt and the tensioner. If you decide to just change the pump (or the belt) alone, the other will fail soon. To find the parts cost, first find the engine that your car has, then go to Gates.com and find the replacement set that corresponds to your engine, then go to your favorite parts store and buy a matched set. But beware that changing the pump (or the belt, for that matter) IS NOT AS EASY as changing them in an older car, because the available space in the Stratus is very tight, and you will find that you have to remove many more components and a lot more disassembly just to reach the pump and belt; in other words, if you have the time, tools and available place to do a longer than usual repair, go ahead. But be warned it is much more difficult than in older Dodges, like the Spirit (which requires less than a fourth of the time to do!). So much for "advanced" designs...
Posted on Dec 02, 2013
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