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Not necessarily. A water pump will fail in one of 2 ways. The shaft seals and bearings can wear out, causing the pump to weep coolant. They all have a drain hole to allow escape of seepage, and you will see coolant around that.
Then the impeller inside can corrode away if there has not been sufficient additive in the coolant, or corrosive local water, with high mineral content, has been used.
You may get a noise, like a thin squeal, from the pump, if the shaft seals and bearings are failing.
Some pumps are buried away behind the timing cover, and are a regular replacement item eg every 120 000 miles when you do a timing belt job.

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There's a sound like a bad bearing coming from the water pump but no water coming out of the weep hole. i'm guessing the pump is bad. is this common for this car?


Bearings on a water pump failing on any car is a common problem! The water leaking from around the water pump area is the tell tale sign.........get it checked out and replaced as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the engine.

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Water pump bearings make a rumbling/ tinny noise and there will be coolant loss out of a drain hole underneath the pump housing. This allows water that has by passed the seal to run out before it damages the bearing

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2000 grand am gt 3400.think its the water pump making loud noise like s bell going off.where is it and is it something I can do myself or do I need special tools?


The water pump will not make a noise like that if it is going, Allso your car would be over heating if it,s a problem with the water pump,Take it to a retible mechanic to find out where the noise is comeing from,To me that sounds more like a problem with the power steering pump or your trans mission.Don,t go end replace some thing you don,t need. Get some one that no what there doing to look at it for you,End be careful,There a lot of con artists out there.now a days.

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I took my 2005 Chev. Malibu in for an oil change and now it is making a loud noise from the engine. they say its the water pump? is that possible?


  • Hi, I can help.
  • When your water pump goes bad it will begin to grind. I had one I let got far to long and it sounded deafening when I opened the hood. You can open your hood and listen and see for yourself. The water pump is on the belt line, left side under the hood, last pulley toward the rear.
  • Now if your asking can an oil change effect the water pump? No, not at all. Water pumps go sporadically.
  • It would be odd that you heard no noises before the oil change and now the water pump is loud enough to take notice after the oil change. The bearings usually go a little slower than that.

  • I would be interested in some more of the details to this. And what your overall concerns are. I'd be happy to further. help. Otherwise get a second opinion on your cars condition.


  • Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa.

Regards, Tony

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My 2002 s6o has a has a noise coming from when the compressor is engaged . the car has 123k miles on it and i replaced the belt tensioner a couple months ago when that was making noise. I bought the car...


if the noise is only with the compressor on it may need a new compressor. as for the water pump that should be changed when you replace the timing belt. that is usually done every 105k or 10 years. i would definitely check to see if that has been replaced because if it breaks you will have to replace the cylinder head

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if the car is over heating and if it is leaking from the water pump

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It could be making a whining, screeching, clattering, or even a whistling noise if the problem is a bearing going out, but it doesn't have to make any noise to be faulty. Look at the water pump. Most have a vent hole (or "weep"hole) and if there is any coolant leaking from the water pump, it is defective. Is the vehicle running hot/overheating? Anyway, sure hope this helped and best wishes.

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