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Old 11-16-2004, 11:55 PM   #11
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my dad ghetto replaced his water pump in his 95 se in like 1 hour. one bolt wouldnt come off so he power chiseled it off then had to chisel off the same part on the new pump and wedge it in there. so technicaly it could fall off at anytime, but it must be in their good.

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Old 11-17-2004, 12:09 AM   #12
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The book says there is a low coolant level light. The only one that came on during my overheating was the check gauges light which was suggesting the coolant temperature gauge which by this time was pushing 250 degrees.
You car had no water in it yet the low coolant light didn't come on? Do you normally watch your temp gauge? If you do you would've noticed the car heating up to hotter temps than normal then quickly dropping down to normal temps after a little bit. Also, were you using your heat at all...if you had very little coolant you would've had no heat.

When I overheated my STE last winter because my radiator rotted out and a large chunk of it fell out, the low coolant light came on. Then the temp gauge kept rising and rising. It hit the red at the top of the gauge so I pulled off to the side and let the fans run for 15 minutes, then kept driving. Did this about 5 times until I got to my subdivision where I parked the car (it was on the opposite side of the subdivision, about 1 mile away) and walked home. However, the last section that I drove back to the subdivision I went a little further than the other times and my Service Engine Soon light came on (never my check gauges light though...which I know works). Got a ride back later a drove the car home. Got the radiator re-cored. Put it in and drove the car. I just LOVE aluminum heads with an iron block. What happened...well I warped the rear head and blew the head gasket...YAY!!! So I drove it like that smoking horrible at idle for a few months until I could tear the engine apart, then I made it worth my while, I changed the oil often to keep the coolant out of it and filled the coolant often as well. Then a week later the water pump went out and I got to replace that. I put way too much money into this stupid car.

But really, I think you will be fine. The 3800'* are bulletproof when it comes to stuff like this. Just watch your coolant & oil levels closely for the next couple weeks to make sure you didn't blow any gaskets or crack anything or something like that. You should be ok though.

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You car had no water in it yet the low coolant light didn't come on? Do you normally watch your temp gauge? If you do you would've noticed the car heating up to hotter temps than normal then quickly dropping down to normal temps after a little bit. Also, were you using your heat at all...if you had very little coolant you would've had no heat.
I usually watch the temp gauge but I guess I was spacing out on the way home. And going to work the outside temp was like 20 degrees and my heater had to work a little harder than normal but I really didn't give it any thought. I just got through fixing all my summer heating problems so I really didn't think anything was wrong until I realized i'm outta antifreeze.
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There'* a coolant level sensor in the radiator on your SSEi, on the middle rear of the passenger side, in the plastic end tank.

Replacing the water pump on a supercharged '93 is no picnic. Plan on spending around 5 hours or more (no kidding). The front right motor mount has to come off while the engine is lifted and supported, and the power steering pump, alternator/accessory bracket, and the upper heater line have to come off.
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Well I started on the water pump today. Spent about 3 hrs on it so far and I haven't gotten it off yet. Still need to remove the alternator power steering bracket. Oh well enough for today. Hopefully my dad will fix it for me tommorrow whil i'm at work.
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Hopefully my dad will fix it for me tommorrow whil i'm at work.
Do it yourself. It will be great experience.
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Do it yourself. It will be great experience.
I'd like to be able to do it myself but not sure how the weather is gonna be. Supposed to turn cold this weekend and i'd like to get it done as soon as possible.
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Well I finished the pump up today and started filling it with antifreeze and noticed I still had a leak. Noticed it'* from the coolant bypass hose. So now I got to go back to the dealer and get that stupid part. Hopefully when I get this all said and done my car will move again.
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Well I decided I didn't want to go to the dealer to get the part so I wen to the local farm and home store and bought a brass fitting instead. Got my baby back and running so now i'm all happy once and for all.
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Glad to hear that you got the bonnie back, up, and running. That'* an unfortunate problem you had there. Other than the leaks, how hard was the changing of the water pump?
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