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Water Pump Hi there. I have a 2001 Chevy Cavalier with 150,000 miles on it ( i know I know =) Anyway, i have been repairing a loy of little things lately and the newest issue is that the car is running hot, overheating and eating through water quickly. Is this a leak or my water pump? If it's the water pump can you tell me where to go to find a do it yourself guide? Thanks!!

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  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2009

    yes we have the same problem when i drive my car easy get hot ,,but if standar or i is ok but over heat litle bit..i just ihave to change it the water pump



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I would check the thermostat first; its the easiest to get to and usually the first to go. Unfortunatly if it is bad it usually takes the pump with it when it goes : ( My Fathers car is going through the same thing. But his pump is bad as well.

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  • EDWARD ETHAN Jan 29, 2009

    Check the thermostat. Unfortunatly if it is bad it takes the pump with it : (



Look at the water pump their is a weep hole on it if water is coming out of it then that means that the water pump needs replaced

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When the thermostat opens, it lets hot coolant flow through the radiator where it is cooled and flows back into the motor. Depending on the flow of your radiator is designed for, both hoses should be warm. With one being cold, the t-stat is not opening and causing the car to overheat. They should have explained this to you.

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