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Water pump seized up with 33k miles

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Well, this is an interesting thing. I was driving on the Freeway in Redwood Shores (CA) and I suddenly heard a faint squealing noise. This made me uneasy and I started to check for problems. I noticed ( within 30 seconds) that the Volt gauge started to go down to about 10 volts and about 30 seconds later I noticed my water temp going up . So it was me!!

I got off the Freeway in Foster City ( 2 miles in total from the time I first heard the noise) and parked asap. By then there was steam coming from under the car and when I got out I saw the coolant pouring from underneath the back of the car. Clearly looked like the waterpump gone bad :cursing: ( squealing noise), coolant pooring out.

Got the car towed into Rector Burlingame and I will see what it all turns out to be tomorrow.

First I was amazed that the pump seized up in a matter of one minute. My experience has been that a waterpump generally provides you with some warning ie squealing for 50-100 miles which gives you the time to get to a garage. Secondly, 33,000 miles is extremely low miles for a water pump to seize.

Any hints, input ? do they have to drop the engine for the repair? Any idea of the cost I can expect to pay for this? Will the new water pump get a life time warranty or 1 yr or what is the general situation??

Appreciate it


C2- 1999 - coupe - 3.4l

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What did the serpentine belt look like. And there are a few idler pulleys that sometimes go bad. If it is the pump a water pump on any car can go bad. The 996/Boxster pump is unique in that the impeller that moves the coolant is made of plastic and they are know to fail.

On a Boxster the pump can be replaced with the engine in the car. Since I'm a Boxster owner a 996 owner will have to tell you if it is the same with a 996.

You get a 2 year warranty.

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You'll be pleased to hear that the engine can stay in the car. It is a real fiddle to get the pump out, which also involves removing the rear engine carrier. I guess they'll charge you a good couple of hours of labour for it, plus the 300-400 bucks for the water pump.



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