Coolant Leak & Engine Overheating on Oldsmobile Alero

Problem Description and Possible Solution

A coolant leak may develop from the water pump. The engine may overheat as a result of the coolant loss. A leaking water pump should be replaced.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 135,289 (93,000–196,000)
Engines affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 3.4L V6
4 model years affected: 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003
19 people reported this problem
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I'm replacing mine right now because its chirping super loud! I've been told the bearing is going out right now.
I noticed the coolant leak and then took it to get checked and the water pump needed to be replaced.
I replaced the thermostat bcuz I was told it was sticking, but that didnt fix the problem of coolant not being kept in and car overheating, now it's the water pump. A special tool is needed to fix it and from two different shops I got quotes from 500.00 to 700.00 dollars, and that may not fix the whole problem they say...>:(
Coolant was leaking and overheating car as a consequence. I changed the thermostat and sensor and some hoses and flushed the radiator. So I bought the Alero 2001 water pump + timing chain gasket for 100 dollars, and 300 dollars of repair.
after having it checked for any leaksThey found that the top of the container had a crack. Because of the age of the car, they just suggested that I keep and eye on it and fill the container up when it runs low.