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Do it myself or have local mechanic or dealership replace water pump

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by leosantamana, Jul 20, 2018.

  1. Jul 20, 2018 at 12:35 PM
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    leosantamana

    leosantamana [OP] Member

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    I have an 06 2.7 liter 5 lugger Taco, extended cab.

    It's got 70k on the odometer (bought used last year). Coolant is dripping from water pump. Based on what I've read here, sounds like a water pump.

    I have done a few in my life on older cars. I see the part is only about $50 on Amazon (Aisin WPT-044).

    What should I expect to pay at dealership? What about private mechanic?

    How tough is this? What else to do while in there (thermostat, idlers, serpentine, etc)?

    I just don't have a lot of time and don't wanna mess it up and do it twice if cost is not too bad.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Jul 20, 2018 at 12:42 PM
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    Clearwater Bill

    Clearwater Bill Sometimes when I close my eyes, I can't see.

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    If you've done it before you can do it again.

    A lot cheaper.
     
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  3. Jul 20, 2018 at 12:46 PM
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    Nomad_Pilot

    Nomad_Pilot I need to pewp

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    Dude I mean absolutely no disrespect to you, but if you don't have enough time to take it slow and do it the right way....better take it to someone else. The fact that your posting this lets me know your not 100% sure what your doing, and that could lead to failure when rushed. Again I don't mean any disrespect.
     
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  4. Jul 20, 2018 at 12:47 PM
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    Johnders

    Johnders Spacer Lift Survivor

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    I replaced mine last year (same issue of leaking) first time doing a water pump for me. There was some good write ups on this Forum somewhere, but its really not to bad. It took me several hours mostly because it was the first time and some of the bolts are a little tricky to get to.. I replaced the thermostat while I was doing it, probably should have replaced the belt seeing as I was in there already.. Definitely a do it yourself job if you got half a day (or less) to spare..Mine was just over 150k on the clock at the time.
     
  5. Jul 20, 2018 at 1:28 PM
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    Thanks everyone. No disrespect taken, I understand. I have no fear of doing it, but if the parts are $100, and a shop would charge $400, I'd go that route, as my time is valuable.

    However, if there were some "gotchas" in doing it, I wanted to know in advance.

    Anything else to check / replace while in there? (Other than placing thermostat right way:eek:) I believe the timing is a chain, so nothing to see there..
     
  6. Jul 20, 2018 at 1:37 PM
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    Toy Yo

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    4 banger water pumps are easy to do if ya know what your doing. You can do the job with just hand tools.
     
  7. Jul 20, 2018 at 1:42 PM
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    BillsSR5

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  8. Jul 20, 2018 at 1:46 PM
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    knottyrope

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    if asking that question, have some one else do it
     
  9. Jul 20, 2018 at 2:40 PM
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    leosantamana

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    @BillsSR5 - great write up/specs. Thanks for your support.
     
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