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Signs of a bad water pump?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by agrant2312, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. Feb 20, 2012 at 6:12 PM
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    agrant2312

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    What are the signs of a bad water pump my truck is leaking antifreeze from somewhere? I have 149,000 so I'm thinking my water pump us going bad? How can i tell?
     
  2. Feb 20, 2012 at 6:16 PM
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    Try to target where the leak is coming from? if its from beneath the pulleys at the front of the engine?
     
  3. Feb 20, 2012 at 6:19 PM
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    Dunno its dripping off the back of the skid plate. Im going to take it off in the morning and try to figure out. Does antifreeze usually leek from somewhere if the water pump is going bad?
     
  4. Feb 20, 2012 at 6:21 PM
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    yes, there is a weep hole on the pump itself
     
  5. Feb 20, 2012 at 6:21 PM
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    I dunno, does it do something like this?

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  6. Feb 20, 2012 at 6:41 PM
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    How bad would it leak if it did come out of the peep hole? Antifreeze has been disappearing for a few weeks.
     
  7. Feb 20, 2012 at 6:43 PM
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    depends can be a few drops to a loose stream
     
  8. Feb 20, 2012 at 6:44 PM
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    Welp that could possibly be it. Bout time to change the water pump anyways!!
     
  9. Feb 20, 2012 at 6:44 PM
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    id go ahead and replace the water pump and if you havent already the timing belt too
     
  10. Feb 20, 2012 at 6:47 PM
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    Yeah im going to. I checked the timing belt and it looked brand new compared to the new one i had so i didn't replace it.
     
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    This ^^
    They can leak when it's cold outside and stop when the engine gets warm. Makes it hard to find the leak, the weep hole is a good place to start.
     
  12. Feb 20, 2012 at 6:56 PM
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    also check to make sure those stupid hose clamps arent leaking, mine leak when the coolant is warm and stops when it cools
     
  13. Feb 20, 2012 at 6:56 PM
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    That makes sense. It was running cold when it was leaking and its freezing here now lol
     
  14. Feb 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM
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    Had the same issue at around 90-100k miles, losing coolant (at a slow rate) and nothing on ground. :confused:

    Took the Taco in for a new timing belt and water pump since it was due. Mechanic discovered a small leak between the water pump and engine block. Because it has been leaking for some time, the leak path started to erode the block where it mated with the pump.

    Mechanic attempted to use some kind of sealant as a band-aid fix since replacing the block isn't an option. It lasted just a short time and started losing coolant again.

    I put in some Bars Radiator Stop Leak and it worked for almost 2 years, no coolant loss. Just recently, I'm starting to lose coolant again.. maybe a few ounces every few weeks.
     
  15. Feb 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM
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    I found the problem it's leaking out of the heater valve.
     
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