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Hi I have a Pajero that is loosing water. The water pump is leaking and there are bubbles in the radiator. The bubbles could be a head gasket problem but could it just be a badly leaking water pimp problem? Could a water pump take in air? I picked Lancer in the Chose a Model because there is no Pajero listed.

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Yes a Water Pump that is leaking can take in Air. You will need to get the Water Pump replaced. The same thing happened on my Neon. Get the Water Pump replaced and your problems should go away.

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