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Bad water pump?
I'm pretty sure its time for a new one. As well as the timing belt while im in there. I also intend to replace the tensioner and the seals, new housing aswell. The whole nine.
So as for some time, I've had an somewhat mysterious coolant loss problem. Been going on with it and just topping up coolant as required. Keeping a close eye on it.
Recently I noticed my radiator cap is wet on top, in a big circle, and is quite jiggly on its underside and all the mechanical bits of it are quite clearly worn and no longer adhering together as they should. So it needed to be replaced, for sure. Upon replacement of this part, I hoped that the coolant loss would now slow down, assuming that it was able to steam out of the cap over lengthy (1/1.5 hrs) drives. Well, I installed the new cap, and noticed that my coolant was now just "leaking" quicker. Mind you, when I say leaking, I mean a detectable stream. For a long time its been just vanishing, never known where its been going. It wasnt until I replaced the radiator cap that it actually began visibly leaking to any degree - After about 2-3 days of driving and keeping it topped up, whilst on the way today to the parts store to purchase who would've guessed - more coolant - I noticed on my way out a small puddle had formed under my car. I've always considered myself one keen to check for leaks, as I do on a fairly routine basis to ensure my gas tank is still on the straight and narrow - quick tip, if you have a gas tank that leaks, and worse if its more full, leave your gas cap loose and see if it helps you out. Anyway.
So the leak is coming from the water pump area, its nice and wet directly under the water pump - and its making its way down to the oilpan, then dripping off the opposite edge of the oilpan, closer to the radiator. If the car is running, youre looking at a safe 4-10 drops of coolant a second raining out. It slowly eventually creeps to a halt after the car has been shut off.
Needless to say, I have deemed it now out of commision and will not be driving it until I have corrected the issue. I am very curious as to why this visible leak didn't exist before I replaced the radiator cap. My guess is the cap was the easiest place for pressure to release, so once I took that away and pressurized the system accordingly, it just decided to head to the next weakest point and wreak havoc. If anybody wants to educate me on the reasons for this happening as it has I'm all ears, very curious.
I'll be posting a video to demonstrate as soon as I can. Thank you all for your feedback!