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Old 12-20-2009, 08:50 PM
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Angry Water pump going out!!

Dammit!!!! Out of nowhere, I started my truck and began driving to the end of the street. Stopped at a stop sign, and there it was. That tiny little whirring sound. I figured the belt, but nooo. No it's never the cheap alternative. Went back home, got a stethoscope and put it to each pulley. And I'll be damned if my water pump is going out. Took the belt off, and I can wiggle the pump and pulley easily. Since yesterday, its gotten horribly loud, but my engine stays at normal engine temperatures. Time for a new one! Wish me luck that she'll last until Thursday so I can get off work and rip her apart and put in a new one. Any advice on water pump brands to go with or stay away from?
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I have the same problem, but my water pump has 8K on it and its brand new, not a reman, or used. sprayed some WD40 on the pulley, and it took care of it.
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I sprayed some WD-40 on it as well, and it got quiet for a few seconds, and suddenly it got even louder. I have no idea why it got quiet, but it does every time I spray it. It just gets louder after a few secs
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alright since you eliminated that, and you said you have a wobble, then yes its time to do the water pump.

when you do it, get a new thermostat and bypass hose.

then to bleed the cooling system (since they can be a pita)

1. jack up pass. side so that the radiator cap is the highest point.
2. fill the radiator until full
3.put the heat on full blast/defrost then start the truck
4. add coolant accordingly.
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if your plenum's never been fixed, while doing the water pump is a good time
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get a new belt too of you getting any coolant on it.. or it's leaking on the belt
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Yea, I'll get a new belt, go ahead and do a radiator flush, and I'd short on time and money, so I'm not going to worry about the plenum right now. I plan on purchasing the Hughes Air-Gap in the near future. If anybody remembers my post about my "engine too cold for too long", since I replaced my thermostat (195) and flushed my radiator, think it could be my pump thats still causing the problem? My CEL doesnt come on anymore since I removed the PowerWire, but my temperature is still well below normal...
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might as well flush your heater core too
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Well, flushed the radiator, got some new hose clamps, installed the new water pump, and the noise is gone. It seems like I have better throttle response too. Maybe my bad water pump was putting alot of drag on my motor?
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Don't fell like the lone ranger, I just did mine too. Funny thing is, it sound like rattling beer cans and ran that way for a year. When I pulled the WP I found the impeller had been hitting the casting. No leaking but the bearing was out. Gotta love your Dodge!
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