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Chevrolet Monte Carlo Water Pump May Fail Prematurely

Chevrolet Monte Carlo Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Engines Affected: 3.1L V6, 3.4L V6, 3.8L V6, 3.8L V6 Supercharged

Average Mileage: 111,489 mi (13,800 mi - 208,000 mi)


The water pump may develop a coolant leak resulting in an engine overheating condition.

  • Visitor, , 3.8L V6, 113,000 mi

    started running a little past half way would bounce 2 lines below and then 2 lines past middle. then started getting hotter when sitting at a light. then will start to squeal and then I went to pass someone doing bout 55 and poof white cloud of smoke out the hood

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  • Visitor, , 3.8L V6, 118,500 mi

    Water pump failed and may have been leaking for quite some time

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  • Visitor, , 3.8L V6, 111,108 mi

    Water pump leaking.

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  • Visitor, , 3.8L V6 Supercharged, 115,000 mi

    car overheated took it " ALL BEACH BODY " in Jax Beach hose from water pump to manifold has a nice size hole, shop mgr said rough estimate maybe around $400-$500 at $95 an hr labor rate!

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  • Sexyeskimo87, , 3.8L V6 Supercharged, 81,000 mi

    I am so frustrated I had my water pump replaced and flushed was cool for a whole and then started over heating I have car less than a year I love my car it's so beautiful and I take pride in it but I have so many problems and it is worse reading all the problems everyone else has :( tonight driving home temp was never real hot but started making a weird sound and now I think I blew my engine I am super bummed I hope that isn't the problem having checked tomorrow. Ahoe for the best.

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  • Visitor, , 3.4L V6, 180,345 mi

    My monte Carlo has the same exact problem.
    Also I have an hard time keeping the car from overheating.
    I ve changed the water pump and radiator as well and still cant seem to get the problem under control.
    Also I have difficulties cranking my car.
    As if my car has a kill switch.

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  • Visitor, , 3.4L V6, 200,000 mi

    Not fixed yet. May not be depending on the cost.

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  • Visitor, , 3.4L V6, 208,000 mi

    Fuel pressure regulatory and waste pump went out.

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  • jillmf65, , 3.1L V6, 125,000 mi

    Water pump replaced, went out.

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  • Visitor, , 3.8L V6, 112,500 mi

    I had known that my radiator was rotted out and needed to be replaced at 90000 miles but I did not have the money to buy it so I just got a coolant flush and my car stopped overheating. 1.5 yrs later same problem, car overheating again. I got another coolant flush and it did the trick about 2 weeks after that I put the pedal to the floor and went all the way up to 5500 rpm. A few minutes later my car was overheating and I smelled coolant. I took it to the shop, I had blown the water pump and intake manifold because there was too much pressure in the system because of the rotted out radiator creating a lot of restriction. Total repair bill was $1357 which according to this website is a bargain. Painful lesson learned.

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