Water pump replaced twice on 2005 Toyota Camry

I'm looking to buy a 2005 Camry, 4 cyl with 110k on it. The Carfax reports that the water pump was replaced at 77k and again at 108k. I'm concerned since it has a timing belt, not a chain. What do you think? Thank you...

by in Fredericksburg, VA on April 08, 2011
2 answers 1 comment
ANSWER by on April 08, 2011
Probably was incorrectly installed initially or a poor brand pump was fitted ( I have had bad GMB brand pumps on these). We replace the pump at timing belt services and they stay good for easily over 100,000 miles, failure is not very common.
ANSWER by on April 08, 2011
If the part was a cheapo, crummy part, then yes it will go out more than normal. I would only use a factory part. Also if the cooling system is not serviced every 30k then even a factory pump will fail prematurely. And check the oil color, if it is not a nice golden color then stay away, because dirty oil is what kills timing chains ASAP, it creates a grit that rubs through the chain guides.
COMMENT by on April 08, 2011
Yes...both times the water pump was replaced by the Toyota Dealer, so I would hope they would use a decent part...when you say oil, do you mean the motor oil? Thanks!
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