Does a waterpump make a noise before it goes out? - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-12-2004, 05:49 PM   #1
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 99
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Str8pimpin is on a distinguished road
Default Does a waterpump make a noise before it goes out?

I had my car up at the shop to have it checked out and all that was wrong with it was I needed new plugs. With me messing around I flooded it and the plugs were covered in gas. Anyways the mechanic told me that my waterpump is about to go out. He said he can tell by the sound of it. Is this true or is this guy trying to make more money off of me. He told me that he would put it in for about $60 if I bought the part which is about $25. He told me not to drive the car until I got enought to have it fixed because it'* going to go at anytime and if it goes it'* going to more hassle. I don't know wether to trust him or not. It sucks I spent $50 to get it towed to the shop and another $60 to have him change the spark plugs. I could of done all that myself and saved a $100 but that'* my own fault for not pulling the plugs out. Also with gas bieing on the plugs and since I put new ones in will it idle rough for awhile until it'* cleared out?
Str8pimpin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2004, 06:28 PM   #2
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Sheridan Wyoming
Posts: 210
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
57chevythunder is on a distinguished road
Default

From all of my experience, the two most common ways that a water pump fails is:
1. Seal fails, and leaks coolant out the "weep hole" on the bottom of the casting.
2. Bearings get "rough and noisy."

About #1, it will be obvious, because coolant will be leaking out.
About #2, it will be detectable by "the experienced ear."

-Also, about #2, I once saw a car ('63 409) with the fan blades stuck into the radiator when the water pump shaft broke. Evidently a result of a "seized bearing."

So, from my point of view, if I had a pump with a noisy bearing, I'd darn sure replace it. (granted, you won't have to worry about the fan blades into the radiator,,,,,)

Also, a word of caution: A rough bearing noise could be coming from several different places, and they all sound pretty much the same. If it were me, I think I'd remove the belt tension, slide the belt out of the way, and rotate (and/or spin) each device by hand, while "listening and feeling" for a rough bearing. CHECK ALL DEVICES, -including the tensioner pulley, any idler pulley if there is one, alternator, etc etc.
57chevythunder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2004, 07:49 PM   #3
Senior Member
Certified GM nut
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Davison,Michigan
Posts: 1,867
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
russianpolarbear is on a distinguished road
Default

If its not leaking he may be joshing you... if its a whining noise it may be your alt. and not your WP. By the way a WP is an easy job if you have a floor jack.
russianpolarbear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2004, 02:37 AM   #4
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 99
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Str8pimpin is on a distinguished road
Default

I know how shops are. They try to take advantage of people. I thought it was rediculous what they charged me just to take the plugs out and put new ones in and I had to go get the new ones. I wasn't in the mood to argue with the dude so I paid him. I'm just glad my car is back running. I'll tell you you learn from your mistakes in the past 2 weeks I learned alot about ignition. If I ever do have a problem in that area again I know all the componets to it. I guess we'll see what goes on. If it goes out then I guess they were right if it don't then they was trying to clown me out of more money. I'l tell ya people will do anything to get that extra dollar, in my opinion it'* pretty pathetic.
Str8pimpin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2004, 07:49 AM   #5
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Three Oaks, Michigan
Posts: 4,879
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
opensourceguy is on a distinguished road
Default

I concur! Most mechanics are theives.. there are some honest ones.. but they are few and far between. If you start talking a little smart, they usually back off on the dishonesty. Just like at the dealer when my mom bought her car. They had listed the price $500 over the MSRP! I had told them about this, they brought the car down $750, and I told her to walk away, because she could get it $1.5k less.. but she doesn't think I know anything, [hence the overprice! loL]. Guess its part of everything.. and kinda proves a point. Men are better than women! loL j/k!


-justin
opensourceguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2004, 11:38 AM   #6
Senior Member
Posts like a Supercharger
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Philly, PA
Posts: 190
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
SSEiGrl92 is on a distinguished road
Default

I just had my water pump replaced last month. Before it was replaced it was pretty noisy. I am by no means mechanically experienced and I knew right away what that sqweaking/squealing noise was. Believe me, you'll know when it'* on it'* way out!
SSEiGrl92 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2004, 01:13 PM   #7
Senior Member
Posts like a Camaro
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Oshkosh, WI
Posts: 819
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
glorkar is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by russianpolarbear
If its not leaking he may be joshing you... if its a whining noise it may be your alt. and not your WP. By the way a WP is an easy job if you have a floor jack.
Why do you need a floor jack?

After I replaced the wp in my mom'* '95 it made a different noise. Now it sounds like a jet engine winding up. That can't be normal, can it??
glorkar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2004, 01:25 PM   #8
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Three Oaks, Michigan
Posts: 4,879
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
opensourceguy is on a distinguished road
Default

if its a naturally aspirated engine.. it shouldn't sound anything like a jet engine.. unless of course... it is a jet engine.


-justin
opensourceguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2004, 01:25 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Purgatory
Posts: 0
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
vital49 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by glorkar
Quote:
Originally Posted by russianpolarbear
If its not leaking he may be joshing you... if its a whining noise it may be your alt. and not your WP. By the way a WP is an easy job if you have a floor jack.
Why do you need a floor jack?
Because you have to remove the passenger side engine mount to provide access for the pump to come out. This is only on Series I engines.
vital49 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2004, 02:19 PM   #10
Senior Member
Certified GM nut
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Davison,Michigan
Posts: 1,867
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
russianpolarbear is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by vital49
Quote:
Originally Posted by glorkar
Quote:
Originally Posted by russianpolarbear
If its not leaking he may be joshing you... if its a whining noise it may be your alt. and not your WP. By the way a WP is an easy job if you have a floor jack.
Why do you need a floor jack?
Because you have to remove the passenger side engine mount to provide access for the pump to come out. This is only on Series I engines.
Thanks for protecting me
russianpolarbear is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I think my waterpump is making noise... ChilinMichael 1992-1999 14 04-05-2007 11:18 PM
leaking waterpump causes oil p.s.i goes over 120 SSEi93 1992-1999 5 03-21-2007 12:52 AM
How does a waterpump usually cost? IronBear93SSEi 1992-1999 17 10-18-2006 07:21 PM
What kind of noise does a water pump make before it goes? Str8pimpin 1992-1999 5 10-22-2004 12:17 AM
help with error codes before I make before and after marks.. delta88 1992-1999 22 02-24-2003 12:17 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:07 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.