I want to fix this myself to cut costs, but want to know if there are any important tips I might need before diving in head first. Does the timing belt need removed? Should any other parts be replaced as well? The pump leaks so it's time for a new one. What other advice might you have that will keep me from having to take it into the shop anyway.
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The problem is more likely the impeller on the back of the pump. They have a tendency to wear the bearing in the pump, which is on the shaft that the pulley connects to. If the vehicle is run/driven with this issue the impeller can actually cut into the water pump housing or engine block and create major repair costs. Replace water pump and inspect impeller area in housing/engine block for damage. If no damage is found then you should be able to get by with just the water pump replacement.
Lots of people do it themselves, and save those high labor costs. The only advice I have is to use original equipment replacement parts, and that means AC Delco or a cheaper alternative is Delphi brand pumps, just as good as AC Delco. These brands usually last longer than cheap aftermarket brands.
it might be a hose about $10 not to hard to change.. if its the water pump its about $50 its not that easy you have to remove timing belt and make sure everything lines up right and depending how bad it overheated you could have other problems like a warped head or head gasket if you take it in for water pump it will cost about $250
you can replace the water pump your self but plan on spendning 8 or more hours doing it I just did my C280 1995 water pump Tehy did not have the original pump so I had to get a newer model one and it had two extra outlets that I have to make covers and seals for so this was way beyond what I wanted to to but after making the extra parts it took 8 hours to change I ahd to remove allot of other parts to get access to bolts. Just take your time if you have a digital camer take pictures so you know how everything gose back together!. But plan on spending a whole day on it!