[V8] Kalunkakalunka booo

dsaad at icehouse.net dsaad at icehouse.net
Wed Sep 6 15:17:06 EDT 2006

I would be surprised if the pump went bad in that short period of time - but
then again I had a pump fail very soon after my t-belt job. I think it was just
a dud. It happens I guess but it did suck to have to replace it.

When you added water, was the motor still hot?
Was the water cold?


Quoting Kneale Brownson <kneale at coslink.net>:

> Lower hose slipped off the radiator nipple on V8#2 today.  Got a low
> coolant warning at the stoplight 1000 feet from my driveway, but the
> temperature gauge only went a little above the middle mark before I got
> parked.  Saw an empty reservoir, so I poured in most of a gallon of coolant
> before I realized it was coming out of the hose.
> After cooldown, I reattached the hose and snugged the clamp up really
> securely.  I think what happened is when I put the hose back on after
> finishing the timing belt marathon this spring is I tightened it down on
> the lip on the nipple rather than on the neck behind the lip.  Anyway, it's
> on  solidly now.
> However, after refilling, I started the car and kept adding until I had a
> steady stream through the return line to the reservoir, and then I let it
> run for a while with the cap on so it could pressurize the system.   When
> it was fully warmed and fully pressurized,  I hear a funny mechanical sound
> I've not heard before, and it seems to be coming from the water pump.  I
> put the long extension I'd used for tightening the clamp on the pump and
> against my head next to my ear, and it was pretty loud.  Don't think it's
> the A/C or steering pumps.
> Since the coolant serves as the lube for the water pump, I'm  guessing I
> toasted the pump.  Do I have to worry enough about it failing  to do the
> timing belt job over again?  We're probably not going to use this car for
> any long trips.  What happens if the water pump fails?  I know on the I5s,
> the pump can take out the belt.  The pump drive on the V8 uses the back of
> the belt, so it doesn't engage the teeth, but it does provide some tension.
>  Would the bearing leak before the shaft came loose and let the belt flop?
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