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Water Pump???

I think my water pump might be giving me problems, but I am not sure if that's what it is. Hoped that if I described what I see, someone could tell me.
  • I have a coolant leak, only a drip when I park.
  • Not consistent (as in it does not do it every time the truck is parked).
  • I am pretty sure it is not a hose.
  • If I look up and feel from underneath the truck, the water is dripping off the lip of the oil pan where the front main seal is.
  • There is no coolant in the oil.
  • It seems that there is moisture directly above where it is dripping too, like it is coming from that cover that is on the front of the motor.
  • The motor has been over-revved a couple time (from using first in parking lots and occaisonally forgetting to pop it up into drive when hitting the road)
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I personally think that it has something to do with the water pump, dont no if that means the seal around it is bad or if over-revving messed it up. :shrug:

At any rate, anyone who thinks that is my problem too or has a better idea, help would be appreciated. Also, any idea what a new pump would cost??

Thanks guys. Y'alls info on this site has been very helpful.

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Sounds like the water pump to me. Mine did what you describe intermittently for nearly a year before it started yelling at me one morning pulling into the office parking lot.


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how much did it cost ya to replace??? parts that is, I do my work myself.

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About $180 at NAPA + thermostat o-ring and/or RTV.

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It started making noise at me this morning. Sounds similar to a bearing goin. Guess I'm gonna have to replace it. Gota price of 200 at autozone with lifetime warranty. Glad I have a buddy there that gets me a discount.

I figured I have might as well replace all the coolant instead of trying to save what is in the radiator now, anybody know how much coolant it holds?? Early 99 7.3 thanks yall.

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A whole heapin' bunch of coolant.

32 quarts, but I got about 30 - 31 in mine.

Do you have a coolant filter? If not, think hard about getting one about now. It's easy enough to install and I got the one from www.dieselsite.com as well as the 203* thermostat and billet housing. You'll have to get a new housing, probably anyways, so get a nice one from them.

Get yourself about 20 gallons of distilled water and flush the system really well. Drain, re-fill with distilled water; repeat 2-3x or until you only have 4 gallons of distilled water left. Don't forget to have your heater valve open - run it full tilt during the flush process.

I used concentrated coolant, not pre-mixed. That way I only needed 4 gallons. Get yourself a couple of big drain pans and some 5 gallon buckets with lids in which to place your old coolant and drain water.

I broke the "rules" and went with Fleetrite ELC from the local International dealer. I did this before the water pump actually gave up the ghost - about 7 months or so. I don't think it affected the lifespan since the wp was already on it's last leg.

Or you could check out Evans coolant - water and pressure free. Also at www.dieselsite.com IIRC

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Thanks PRT, if finances would have allowed me to do so I would do all the things you mentioned. Finances though said I could only buy the new pump, flush the system and put in new coolant, but I got er dun anyway.

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My Uncle was experiencing similair symptoms on his 99. While going down the road the water pump didn't just give up the puuly let go and went into the fan which in turn went throught the radiator, you get the picture. It cost him just over $1000.00 and that was doing it himself..... therefore i do not recommend driving with any noise from the water pump.

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In case you want to know what it costs to have a shop do it - I paid $606 to have my water pump replaced last year. I was tight on time and couldn't do it myself. I guess you have to get used to paying through the nose when your sending the mechanics kids thorugh college
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when my waterpump on my 95 went it was like a geyser coming out of that thing, much more then a little drip
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