A coolant leak may develop from the water pump. This can result in an engine overheating condition. A leaking water pump will require replacement.
Car Problem Reports
Buick Skylark Leaking Water Pump May Cause Coolant Loss and Overheating
Buick Skylark Problem
Engines Affected: 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 3.1L V6
Average Mileage: 88,639 mi (16,558 mi - 126,000 mi)
Visitor, 1997 Buick Skylark, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 126,000 mi
The water pump started leaking. Took it to the shop and was told it would be $900 to fix because of the design of the engine.
Visitor, 1997 Buick Skylark, 3.1L V6, 125,000 mi
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!!
Visitor, 1997 Buick Skylark, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 16,558 mi
want to change water pump
Visitor, 1994 Buick Skylark, 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 87,000 mi
Engine over heating. Does not look like water is circulating. Possible noise from the water pump. No water in the oil. I don't think it has a head gasket leak.