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Getting cambelt on car changed tom - should I get water pump too?

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I have a ford focus 03 reg. I am getting cam belt changed tom. Garage said that dont need to change water pump as well, unless its leaking, but apparently to change water pump if it does go means that… Read More
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
I have a ford focus 03 reg. I am getting cam belt changed tom. Garage said that dont need to change water pump as well, unless its leaking, but apparently to change water pump if it does go means that you have to take the cam belt off according to a friend (although the garage said that the water pump is external). Anyway, they said they will see if it needs doing (which its not leaking so I dont think it will) but should I say do it anyway? It costs another £50 which I would rather not spend as my car cost me a FORTUNE so far
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
Jumpingphil
Can't really answer unless we know if the water pump is internal or external.
Does this car have a history of failed water pumps?
If not, leave well alone.


Only just got car a few weeks ago - garage said they thought it was external but I dont think it is. Lol at your grey box :thumbsup:
#2
Depends how long you intend to keep it.
Should you get the belt done and then the water pump does go, you'll have to pay the labour to have all the work done again. Best replace it, to be on the safe side. Waterpumps can go anytime.
#3
If the water pump goes in the future and contaminates the cambelt, will you then have to have the cambelt replaced? This happened in my wifes car when she drove without water because the pump was leaking all over the engine. Ended up head skim, waterpump and cam - Silly Wife with big bill.
#4
Water pumps can last from a second to the lifetime of the car.

What happens if the new water pump turns out to be faulty?

It's a risk but of course you could ask the garage to check it's condition although they'll probably suggest you change it anyway.
#5
Life's a gamble.

Bit like a heart transplant, you ain't dead, but it's better not to have a well used one. :-D
#6
You may as well get it done at the same time.

I always do and its not much extra cost really.
#7
shauneco
Water pumps can last from a second to the lifetime of the car.

What happens if the new water pump turns out to be faulty?

It's a risk but of course you could ask the garage to check it's condition although they'll probably suggest you change it anyway.


Thanks will speak to garage and get them to have a look at it. You make a good point - even a new water pump could go. I want to keep the car but I am getting sick of spending money after money on it. They are a pretty good garage and he did say he will have a look at it and let me know if it needs doing but he did not seem keen to do it because there nothing wrong with it.
#8
Shambolic
Life's a gamble.

Bit like a heart transplant, you ain't dead, but it's better not to have a well used one. :-D


Lol Shambolic!
#9
Also they said do I want the cam belt kit done or just the belt? Its the whole lot right?
#10
bargainhunter2009
Also they said do I want the cam belt kit done or just the belt? Its the whole lot right?


Have the kit, It involves new pulleys, Cam belt and tensioners which naturally wear with the cam belt.

New cam belts can still snap, Shouldn't cost any more labour wise as their usually removed when fitting the belt anyway.
#11
shauneco
Have the kit, It involves new pulleys, Cam belt and tensioners which naturally wear with the cam belt.

New cam belts can still snap, Shouldn't cost any more labour wise as their usually removed when fitting the belt anyway.


Thanks I did not know that
#12
shauneco
Have the kit, It involves new pulleys, Cam belt and tensioners which naturally wear with the cam belt.

New cam belts can still snap, Shouldn't cost any more labour wise as their usually removed when fitting the belt anyway.


Spot on. :thumbsup:
#13
Thanks everyone. I hope the cost they said £180 was for the timing belt kit - or else who knows how much it will be!!
#14
Full kit + pump if you plan to keep it 50k+. I'm pretty sure the belt+ tensioners should only cost about £40, probably less.

I bought a van a short while ago and the belt had been changed on it 3k before. First time I drove it on the motorway the tensioner disintegrated. Bent 7 valves out of 8 :lol: Cost me about £190 to rebuild the head, new gaskets, belts etc. Hate to think what a garage would have charged :?
#15
Thanks everyone. Got it done. They did tensioners etc for £180. They said water pump ok and its external anyway so no need to do it! Thanks again!
#16
I usually suggest it if the cambelt is being replaced on mileage. If the belt is being replaced for age only, I think it is less important.
#17
pghstochaj
I usually suggest it if the cambelt is being replaced on mileage. If the belt is being replaced for age only, I think it is less important.


Thanks pghstochaj, its only done 60k and its 6 years old.

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