I am on my third water pump in three months. When my first pump failed,it was rapidly leaking coolant and my coolant was completely drained by the time I reached the shop. On the second pump (which lasted 2 months), I noticed a high pitched whining and a slow coolant leak (via the level in the reserve tank) before the pump completely failed as before. The third pump lasted only three weeks and I noticed the same symptoms as before (intermittent whining from engine and dropping coolant level) but brought the car in for repairs before a complete pump failure. The mechanics at Pep Boys (who have replaced all of the pumps) have said that their pump may not be compatible with my vehicle (2000 vw cabrio) and are ordering a pump from the VW dealership. I am skeptical, as it seems very unlikely that so many pumps in a row would be defective. Is this a common problem with VW models? Is there anything else connected to the pump that could be causing these failures? I have also been told that the belt on the pump may be too tight or the tensioner may be faulty. If so, why wouldn't the mechanics have seen this? Is there a way to check this myself? I have very limited experience in repairs, so any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks!
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2000 Volkswagen Cabrio Question: Water Pump Keeps Failing (3 in 3 months)
Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, December 13, 2009, 20:00Master
Sounds like either inferior parts. Get the pump from VW and you shouldn't have any problems. The belt tension is important, so that needs to be checked.
I don't know about the shop you're going to, but I suggest in the future taking this to a shop that specializes in Volkswagens, or at least European vehicles. If you look for the lowest price (pep boys) you can end up paying much more in time and money, as your finding out. Good luck
Answer #2talented December 03, 2012, 17:18Rookie
I have the same problem with my Civic. This is the 4th pump now it lasted about 8 months. I will try again but this time I am using genuine Honda Anti freeze so hopefully I will have better luck this time