Hey y'all. So, I bought a 98 V6 prerunner a few months ago, with 175xxxish miles on it. A few weeks ago, I started noticing a strange rattling or grinding sound coming from the belts and pulleys. I took it to a family friend who's a GMC tech, and he seemed to think the noise was probably the water pump, but couldn't be sure without totally taking it apart, plus he said he doesn't deal much with toyotas cause he works at a cadillac dealership. He told me to keep an eye on the noise, and watch the coolant level and any leaks that i might notice in the mornings. Well, everything was seeming alright until last week, and suddenly I start noticing some leaks in the mornings when I first go out to the truck. After a few days, the leak starts getting worse, and I notice my coolant reservoir has dropped to about only half an inch. Buy some coolant, fill it back up, and start setting up appointments to get the water pump replaced. Today, the leak has gotten far worse, I've been refilling the reservoir whenever it hits about the mid point, and that's happened about 3 times in the last couple weeks (including earlier today). When I filled it up today, it's almost as if it made it worse, because now it visibly leaking pretty constantly (stopped about half hour afterwards), and left a much larger puddle. I'm taking it in tomorrow night, but still gotta use it to commute today and tomorrow. Does this sound like a bad water pump, or am I totally off? and if I make sure I keep coolant in it, should it be alright for the next couple of days?
Thanks for helping out a new jack!