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#2445760 - 11/26/11 11:50 PM Re: how long can a water pump last? [Re: Dakota1820]
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I drive a 98 Saturn sl2 now
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#2445775 - 11/27/11 12:26 AM Re: how long can a water pump last? [Re: Dakota1820]
Nick R Offline


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Like I said there was nothing wrong with the water pump, it wasn't leaking. As I said since the engine was already apart I figured I might as well change it.
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#2445781 - 11/27/11 12:48 AM Re: how long can a water pump last? [Re: Dakota1820]
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I had almost 100k miles on the water pump on my toyota truck. Changed the timing belt and the works and the mechanic showed me the old water pump where coolant was coming out of the weep hole.

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#2445784 - 11/27/11 12:59 AM Re: how long can a water pump last? [Re: Dakota1820]
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Hmm mine isn't leaking but I dont like being in sudden bad situations. And with an aluminum motor it doesnt take much of a bad situation to kill it for good. That's why I worry .
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#2445797 - 11/27/11 02:06 AM Re: how long can a water pump last? [Re: Dakota1820]
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NEVER had to change a water pump*, I have a Triumph that's 37 years old, and once had a Toyota Truck that had close to 500k.

* Had a VW Golf and changed the WP at the time the timing belt was changed, But not sure if that counts?

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#2445811 - 11/27/11 04:21 AM Re: how long can a water pump last? [Re: Dakota1820]
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500 k on the oe pump? Holy [censored] your one lucky guy I guess that's a lot of miles
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#2445820 - 11/27/11 04:57 AM Re: how long can a water pump last? [Re: Dakota1820]
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Originally Posted By: chevyboy14
Well if it weeps it is bad correct?


Slight weeping is normal on some vehicles. There wasn't a lot of weeping with Chev small blocks, though, for instance. Generally, you're not going to see a catastrophic failure. You'll have leakage and bearing noise, first.
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#2445876 - 11/27/11 07:47 AM Re: how long can a water pump last? [Re: Dakota1820]
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Doing a friend's saturn 1.9 water pump today. Been leaking progressively worse for months now.

They don't just fail leaking, the impellers can bust loose or slowly disappear and become ineffective.

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#2445893 - 11/27/11 08:09 AM Re: how long can a water pump last? [Re: Dakota1820]
Dakota1820 Offline
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How many miles does his have?
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#2445932 - 11/27/11 09:05 AM Re: how long can a water pump last? [Re: Dakota1820]
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The original pump on my Explorer lasted about 159k miles. The replacement one didn't last 7k miles.
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#2445981 - 11/27/11 10:07 AM Re: how long can a water pump last? [Re: Dakota1820]
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Our fleet trucks have gone all the way out to 300k miles, but 200+ is more typical for us.
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#2446007 - 11/27/11 10:35 AM Re: how long can a water pump last? [Re: Dakota1820]
Jim Spahr Offline


Registered: 07/02/03
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1996 Chevy Lumina with 75K I just replaced the OEM w/p and it was easy, especially for a FWD car. It was sitting on top front of the V6 and you replace the impeller , not the housing, so it is very straight forward. And a Brand New pump from AZ was only 20.00. Now the Thermostat is a whole different story. It is the FWD nightmare you would expect.
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#2446610 - 11/27/11 07:39 PM Re: how long can a water pump last? [Re: Dakota1820]
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Registered: 08/13/04
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Loc: VA
On a '94 Saturn SL1, I changed what I'm fairly sure was the original pump at 173,000. The lifetime warranty replacement from Advance lasted 22,000. My '01 Silverado started leaking at around 80,000. My other pumps have lasted somewhere between those two figures. Not that they can't fail immediately, but mine have always started leaking progressively more from the weep hole.

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#2446677 - 11/27/11 08:29 PM Re: how long can a water pump last? [Re: Dakota1820]
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Registered: 09/23/07
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Loc: Florida
Japanese cars usually get great life out of the pump, but only if you use the non-silicate coolant. My parents learned the hard way that just because Honda and Mitsu coolant is green in color does not mean it is the same green stuff sold in Advance Auto.

Many American cars get good life from their pumps too, they weren't the ones who dyed coolant in such ways. Green was green, orange was orange, up until recently.

There is another factor in water pump life. This destroys many of the more recent ones. Some pumps have a plastic impeller that will have a blade fail. The engine will overheat, but coolant will not leak out of the water pump, causing confusion. VW cars are the worst for this.
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#2446682 - 11/27/11 08:36 PM Re: how long can a water pump last? [Re: Dakota1820]
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Mine has 192k I figured it has been replaced before but not sure looks old
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