Just took my newly purchased 1996 Dodge Ram 3500 Leisure Travel Van with 104,000 miles in for a check up and servicing - among the many operations was a needed coolant flush. When I went to pick up the vehicle it was discovered that the water pump was leaking. It was suggested to me by a friend that this may have been caused by the gasket behind the water pump giving way due to the high pressure flush. Could this be the case? And if so should the water pump and thermostat sill be replaced?
A related issue: would this be an opportune time to replace the timing chain as preventative or would this be needless expense (to an already large bill) at this time.