Growl Type Noise From Front of Engine on Honda CR-V

Problem Description and Possible Solution

On certain models the water pump bearing can go bad and cause a growl type noise from the front of the engine.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 91,975 (34,870–195,000)
Engine affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder
9 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
31 people reported this problem
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Rattling sound coming from front passenger side when car idles or low speed.
When I accelerate from stop, I hear a growling sound. Kind of like bubbles and then it stops. Only seems to happen from stop. No solution yet as I don't know what is wrong.
growling noise from front of car. Has been located to the water pump.
water punmp barings
vibration noise, loud when idling or traveling at low speeds. Had to replace water pump due to problem with bearings, $600.
intermitant noise from front of engine
Growl at low speed. Replaced water pump. Glad I payed attention to noise. Starting a 900 mile trip tomorrow.
Rattling noise from passenger front of vehicle. Water pump bearing was vibrating due to bad water pump. Cost me $442 to replace. Sad..
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Complained of rough/uneven sounding idle. Tech insisted idle was fine, then told me the heat shield was loose and making the noise. Quick fix with a clamp. He did this and still heard noise. Told me he used a stethoscope and discovered I needed a new water pump for $500.
leakcoolant making a nose
noisy water pump
Dealer replaced water pump and coolant
The dealer replaced my idler pully. Still has noise somewhere in the front. Wanted to replace my alternator at $700+. Called back and now thinks it's the water pump! Car has only 38,700 miles!
Growling noise --- turned out to be water pump bearing - my car was purchased new by me in 2004 and I only put 46,000 miles on it! I was told this part shouldn't have failed until 80,000 miles.
First it was in 2008, belt broke and was towed to dealer and was a faulty water pump, but car was already three years old so could not get benefit of a free repair. then car was 32,000 miles. today at 49,000 miles having the exact same problems and it is very disturbing. please advise
Had to replace water pump--$650
Thought it was an exhaust heat shield rattle but dealer tells me its the water pump bearing. $570 to fix. :( Car five years old, 73k miles.
engine noise - car is out of warranty - $450.00 to repair.