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Water is spraying straight out toward the front of the car. Seems to be coming between the belts and water pump. Hoping it is the water pump.

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I would replace the hoses and pump, the rubber is about due for a change.

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If it is coming out of small hole at bottom of pump the the pump seal failed and needs new pump

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Water pump just will leak and drip if it is spraying out it is probably a hose under pressure.

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