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Leaking Coolant - Water Pump Replacement

My coolant instantly leaks out and I believe the problem is that the water pump needs to be replaced, is this something I can do on my own? If not how much does it cost? My car is a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier.

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  • marlisusan Jun 02, 2009

    Thank you for the help!

    Alright, so I have checked the hoses and there is no leakage of coolant there.
    I do not believe it is a head gasket because the coolant isn't bubbling.
    I have just replaced the thermostat in hopes of this being the source of the problem, yet sadly it was not.

    The radiator itself does not become hot, the temperature gauge on the dash shows increases with heat that seem to directly correlate with my foot on the gas peddle.

    What do you think it could be now? I'm pretty stumped!!





  • marlisusan Jun 02, 2009

    PROBLEM FIXED!!




  • Jim Goldsmith
    Jim Goldsmith May 11, 2010

    Did you check your hoses?

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Depends on your experience, confidence, what tools you have and how much risk you can tolerate if you get into the job and can't finish it or do it incorrectly. A water pump poorly done could result in a damaged engine. It's a fair ways complicated for a novice but within the range of someone who's done brakes or replaced belts, hoses alternators etc. To see what you have to do, find a repair book for your car at the library. Otherwise it will cost somewhere around $200 to $400 depending how complicated the repair.

Posted on May 28, 2009

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    wavoconqueso Jun 05, 2009

    You said it was fixed. What did you find? I'm curious.

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