Problem Description and Possible Solution
The water pump may fail resulting in engine overheating and possible timing belt damage. Overheating and/or timing belt failure can result in very expensive engine repairs. As a precaution, it is recommended to inspect the timing belt and water pump at regular intervals.
Average mileage: 87,642 (60,000–137,000)
Engines affected: 1.8L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.8L V6, 3.0L V6
11 model years affected: 1996
, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
19 people reported this problem
I had a new timing belt and water pump done less than a year ago at the time there was apx 122k at the time. I had just cleared a 6 month very expensive set of hurdles to pass emissions and the last thing I would expect to go wrong was a water pump but sure enough that is the case and because of the pump failure it has started to shred timing belt and even caused the belt to start working its way of the pulleys. Thankfully it was noticed in time where it hasnt broken or slipped off completely.
I had the water pump and timing belt changed at 60,000 but just had a failure at 93,000 with internal engine damage. We are trying to determine what to do repair wise but its looking like a $5,000 repair and we are in shock.