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How do I know if the water pump needs to be replaced?

Do the car crank up then falls dead and wont crank for bout an hour.

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That year has about the last ignition module it will run fine until it gets about warm them it dies once it cools it will crank and run fine again for a little bit then out again if this is what its doing change the ignition module it is a big square box under the hood made out aluminum. If you need further help let me know thanks.This was a common problem of sudden stalling of the engine.

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Water pump has nothing time do with car starting or cranking when a water pump goes bad it either leaks coolant or the bearing goes bad and makes a growling sound as far as the car dying when it dies you need to check to see what it's not getting spark or fuel if No spark check ignition module or crank sensor and if No fuel check fuel pump, good luck

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Your problem does not sound like a water pump issue. When you say it won't crank for about an hour, do you mean it will not spin over, or that it spins but will not start? If the latter, check for spark at plugs when failing. No spark = bad ignition module or coil.

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