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The pulley on the water pump will not turn over. does that mean the pulley is bad or the water pump is bad?

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Your water pump is seized probably bad bearing

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Most likely the bearings went bad in the water pump and caused the lock up situation .So i would have your water pump looked at.

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James, I believe the pulley is just bolted to the pump shaft, so u should be able to remove it and reuse it. The play in it is in the shaft of the water pump, so the pulley should be fine, just remove and bolt to the new pump.

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