2003 Chrysler Sebring Q&A
2003 Chrysler Sebring Question: water pump replacement
I am not quite clear on your question. Was the water pump replaced? You state that you added coolant and the leak stopped and also getting hot.. Adding coolant will not stop a leak, however If I am understanding you correctly, the engine stopped getting hot after adding coolant. If this is correct, if is normal, however, if the engine gets hot after adding coolant, this is not normal and further diagnosis is needed. Any time the cooling system has been opened such as replacing a water pump, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE COOLING SYSTEM AIR BLEED VALVE BE OPENED BEFORE ANY COOLANT IS ADDED TO THE COOLING SYSTEM. FAILURE TO OPEN THE BLEED VALVE FIRST WILL RESULT IN AN INCOMPLETE FILL OF THE SYSTEM. It may be necessary to add additional coolant to the coolant recovery container after three or four warm-up/cool down cycles to maintain coolant level between the MIN and MAX marks; as additional trapped air is removed from the system. 70,000 miles is good for the life of a water pump. As with any mechanical part, it is impossible to determie when it will fail. I have seen water pumps fail in as little as 10,000 miles and last as long as 150,000 miles. - Johnny Mopar
Yes, all components have a life expectancy, and water pumps are about 70K, although they do tend to last longer with todays low silica extended life coolants - Visitor
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