Problem Description and Possible Solution
A coolant leak may develop from the water pump. This can result in an engine overheating condition. A leaking water pump will require replacement.
Average mileage: 94,862 (16,558–126,000)
Engines affected: 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 3.1L V6
21 people reported this problem
The "check engine light" came on on the way home from work one evening. The temperature gague showed that the motor was running hot. I stopped and found that there was fluid leaking out under the car. Upon investigation I found that the water pump was leaking. This was hard to find due to the arrangement of the front of the engine against the passenger side fender. I was fortunate enough that someone stopped to see if I needed help and gave me some antifreze to get me the rest of the way home. I had to have the vehicle towed to the repair shop and waited a week for them to repair the water pump. The shop brought my car back but it was not running right as it was out of time. I had to take the car to another repair shop to get the timing re-done and they told me that they basically had to tear the car down again and then re-timed the engine. First repairs $875.00. Second repairs $750. The first shop was contacted and a complaint on their work was filed. They eventually gave me $750 to cover the cost of the second trip to another shop. Big hassel and a realy poor design by GM wedging the engine into such a small comartment!!