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My water pump burst on the road. the engine still starts but there is a spinning noise. Will I also have to replace the timing belt also?

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Replace that water pump right away. I don't see why you'd need to replace the timing belt, unless you're saying "burst" as in, "It blew the gasket to horror and back". Just to be certain, pull out your dipstick. If it looks milky, drain your oil, and replace it. If not, get your new water pump, the spinning, IMHO, is most likely the bearing in the water pump just died.

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