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Squeeling water pump, with coolant around the pump

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If the belt is squeeling due to coolant on the belt, the only thing you can do is to replace the pump. Especially if it is coming from behind the pulley. Very easy and inexpensive to do. Let me know if you need diagrams and instructions.

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Most likely you have a bad water pump. When the water pump fails it leaks coolant through small holes on the top and bottom.
Before you condemn your water pump clean the area and make sure the leak is not coming from another area.

Posted on May 07, 2010

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