2002 Dodge Stratus Q&A
2002 Dodge Stratus Question: Water pump
Looking at buying what the seller says is a Stratus SRT 2002. 3.0 V6 says it needs water pump replaced. But engine sounded like is coming unglued, and he claims that the car never over heated. Does this sound right. - Visitor
If the engine sounds like its coming unglued, stay away - Visitor
The water pump is likely driven by timing belt and can sound crazy when bearings are going bad and will not overheat till starts to leak coolant. Have inspected by tech to verify water pump bearing noise. Work that inspection charge in to the vehicle sale price so is covered. If not driven by timing belt then still driven by drive belts. - raiderron
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