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I have a 2000 neon, tonight my daughter was driving it and said it sounded like a diesel vehicle, stopped at walmart and all of the antifreeze & water drained out of it, she went back into walmart and purchased some water and put in it and made it back to her apt., did not overheat, what could this be?

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Sounds like the problem is probably a bad water pump, the bearings in the pump probably failed causing the noise and when they got loose enough the seal failed causing teh leak. If this is the case, i recommend not

Posted on Oct 16, 2010

Testimonial: "i liked the answer very much, my daughter has the car about 100 miles from home, so now i can call her to tell her what to get checked"

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  • d01dave Oct 16, 2010

    I recommend not driving the car any more than you have to until it is fixed, the waterpump is driven by the timing belt

  • billrich Oct 16, 2010

    ok thank you very much, do u know about how much a water pump costs?

  • d01dave Oct 16, 2010

    usually a quality pump ranges from about 50-75 dollars depending on your area. Repair is around 4 hours at whatever the labor rate is. I'd recommend replacing the timing belt as well seeing as how it has to be removed to do the repair. Belts are usually around 50 dollars

  • billrich Oct 16, 2010

    ok thank you so much for your info, i really appreciate it!

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