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I need to have my timing belt and tension-er replaced in my 2004 Kia Sedona, my service man is suggesting that with over 117,000 miles on the van that when we do the belt that we should change out the water pump as well considering it is in the same area. The water pump has never gone out as of yet. Can you please inform me if this would be a safe way to go? Linda

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This is in fact a good idea. You can get a complete kit which includes the waterpump. This is a Dayco number - Part #: DYWP323K1A
Mfr #: WP323K1A Less than $300 and the labor should be around $200 - $300 depending on where you are in the world and shop labor rate. Let me now if you need anything else.

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Hi Linda, this is most cost efficient as well as preventive maintenance way to go. IF your water pump was to "sieze"( very likely since it's original) up after replacing only Timing belt it would cause severe engine damage. The advice you have been given is sound, they are looking out for your best interest on this matter. I would give you the same advice they are giving. I would also suggest you have them replace T-belt and water pump and tension-er idlers etc.. with KIA dealer OEM parts, I have found these KIA;s to be touchy, they like factory parts. Good Luck.

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YEP REPLACE WATER PUMP ALSO BECAUSE WATER PUMP HAS A LOT OF MILES ON IT.YOU HAVE TO REMOVE WATER PUMP TO REPLACE TIMING BELT AND TIMING BELT TENSIONER SO DO IT ALL IN ONE DEAL.

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Its a labor cost savings in the long run,, hes gonna be right there to replace it since the front of the motor will already be torn down for easy access, depending on how much more he wants to do this,, thats the question,, I would think since the part is already off it would be minimal if anything excluding the cost of the pump itself, why take a chance of a overheating problem if you can handle it now,, if you do this, have him replace the thermostat now too !!!

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