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The water pump has seized on my 2000 1.8 Protege (323F in the UK)and caused the engine to cut out and not start again. There's no water been sprayed about, the area around the pump is dry. The pump is very hard to turn and holding the engine back from turning over, there is a weak signal to the coils and no signal at all to the injectors

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Are you sure the water pump seized or is it a pulley???? With the belt off or loose try turning the front shaft on the water pump . If you did not loose any antifreeze the pump may be good it is pos that a pulley is the culprit

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SOURCE: My Mazda 323F (Protege in the US) 1.8 2000 had a squeaky belt for months then one night changed to a whirring - almost grinding noise - then a few miles later the engine cut out and won't start. No si

Yes i would also think that the water pump would turn, sometimes easier one way than the other with belt on. Maybe the bearing is froze? squeal could have been alternator also? possible timing belt tooth jump from frozen water pump, but not to likely. sounds like a hunt and narrow down job.

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