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2005 Toyota Camry Question: coolant leak

 

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WLAD, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Schenectady, NY, March 25, 2011, 09:15
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I finally found signs of a coolant leak, besides slow level drop in the overflow coolant tank. Lot's of pink crystals in the area of a water pump, on the left side of engine, right under the belt.

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    March 25, 2011, 12:03
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    You need a water pump. Just the gasket may be leaking but if you have the pump off, replace it.
    I recommend replacing the timing belt too if there's any chance coolant has gotten to it or it hasn't been replaced recently. I don't believe you have to remove the t-belt to replace the water pump, I'm just giving you good advice relating to t-belts. Water pumps and t-belts have about the same life span: 60k to 90k miles.
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    https://repairpal.com/directory?address=12345&car_brand_names=Toyota

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    Visitor, March 25, 2011, 14:08

    Thanks

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    March 25, 2011, 13:09
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    Sounds like your water pump needs to be replaced ASAP. This job runs from $233 - $334 depending on whether you go to the dealer ship. This engine has a timing chain, so don't worry about the timing belt issue.

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