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Old 03-25-2011, 12:19 PM   #1
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Question Water pump leaking...

Hello all! I'm new to the forum!

I took my 2007 four door Jeep Wrangler in for detail and oil change back in November 2010. The dealership told me, at the time, that my rear differentials needed to be done and my water pump was leaking. I couldn't afford to fix any of those problems at the time, but it is now at the dealership getting the rear differentials done.

However, they want $270 just to replace the gasket in my water pump, which sounds a little high to me. I don't know too much about the mechanics of my Jeep and what the appropriate prices should be.

Can someone help me out? Is this something that I can do myself for much cheaper? And, how serious of a problem is it if my water pump is leaking?

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Old 03-25-2011, 12:42 PM   #2
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It is very serious-once you run out of water!! The question is how bad is it leaking-just a little or a lot? You have already waited almost 6 months to fix it, so it must not be to bad. Or has it been getting worse?

If you had the I6 4.0 I would say go for it yourself, However I am not familar enough with that motor to say it is an easy fix-in principal it might be-depends what all is in front of it and how "deep or far in to the engine bay" it is. I wouldn't wait forever-I would be and afraid it would "let go" and than I'd be possible ruined motor.

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Old 03-25-2011, 05:04 PM   #3
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Here's what you do. Have them show you where the leak is coming from. Deny the repair, then go home and clean up the area. Now keep a close eye on it for a week. You want to see exactly how fast it's leaking, if at all.

Drips on your driveway I'd suggest getting it fixed, and not by a dealership. This won't be urgent though. Just watch your coolant level and keep it in range.

The repair isn't too bad. In a nutshell, you need to remove the belt, then remove a cover. There are 7 bolts holding the pump on. First thing I'd do is tighten all those bolts. If the leak continues, I'd remove those bolts and pull the pump (you'll need a pan to catch coolant as you're about to lose a lot) and scrap off the old gasket. Clean it up nice and draw a new one and put it all back together. Refill coolant and you're done.

That's the hardest part since it's in a shitty spot.

EDIT: it'll cost you about $10 in RTV and maybe an hour. Basic sockets and a wratchet and an extension are needed. A little mechanic experience is needed but it's doable. Mainly knowing how to get a belt off, ID'ing the cover and pump, and knowing how to make a nice gasket
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:11 PM   #4
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It is very serious-once you run out of water!! The question is how bad is it leaking-just a little or a lot? You have already waited almost 6 months to fix it, so it must not be to bad. Or has it been getting worse?

If you had the I6 4.0 I would say go for it yourself, However I am not familar enough with that motor to say it is an easy fix-in principal it might be-depends what all is in front of it and how "deep or far in to the engine bay" it is. I wouldn't wait forever-I would be and afraid it would "let go" and than I'd be possible ruined motor.

Good Luck!!
It's similar to the 4.0. If you can do it on a TJ, you'll be fine on the 3.8
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:22 AM   #5
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Thank you so much! That helps a lot, and now my husband will, of course, say, "I told you so." He recommended the same thing. I assumed the dealership was exaggerating a little, but they freaked me out. I don't have any spots on my garage floor, and I haven't since they told me the first time that it was leaking.
Thank you!
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Thank you so much! That helps a lot, and now my husband will, of course, say, "I told you so." He recommended the same thing. I assumed the dealership was exaggerating a little, but they freaked me out. I don't have any spots on my garage floor, and I haven't since they told me the first time that it was leaking.
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Just know the seep's location so u can keep an eye on it awhile. Personally I don't worry about seeps too much. But if they turn into drips I'd lay down some cardboard, top off the coolant when needed, and continue to do that until you muster up the courage to try the repair or save up enough for a garage to fix it.

Good luck.
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:16 PM   #7
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Water Pump

I changed the W/P on my 08 today...took about an hour. Really not much to it. Mine was the gasket too not the pump, I checked everything over and could not find any cracks on the pump that would have caused it to drip. I got tired of always finding coolant on my garage floor. Hopefully the leaks are behind me. Seriously though it was not hard to change at all.

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TRY SOME bARRS LEAK OR SERVICE THAT THING
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TRY SOME bARRS LEAK OR SERVICE THAT THING
I would strongly advise against any sort of leak sealer. Fix the problem right the first time.

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