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1999 Dodge Intrepid Question: Could failing water pump cause metal shavings in oil pan and filter?

 

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kc1986, 2.7L V6, Attica, IN, February 13, 2013, 21:55
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I need to know if my failing water pump could cause metal shavings in the oil pan and filter even though it's not bad enough yet to release water from the water pump into the oil? I'm extremely confused because the car runs great. You'd never think anything was wrong with it at all. My plan is to change the water pump and possibly the timing chain, but I need to know if it's even worth the time and money?! I have called around to a few places and it seems everyone has their own opinions on what they think I should do. Your opinions are greatly appreciated.

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