[DML] Water pump squeaking. How long have I got?
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[DML] Water pump squeaking. How long have I got?

I noticed a whirring noise (like a bearing is starting to fail)  
coming from the engine. I removed the belts to check things, and  
found that if I turn the water pump by hand it squeaks a bit. I'm  
assuming thats a bad sign and that its time for a new water pump.

So, my question is, typically how long after a water pump starts  
making those kind of noises will things deteriorate to the point  
where the car isn't usable anymore. If possible I'd like to wait a  
week or two (I usually drive 10 to 20 miles a day) before replacing  
the water pump, but of course I don't want to end up stranded  
somewhere. Unfortunately my backup car is in the shop, and insurance  
is involved (hit a pothole or rock or something and the airbags went  
off. Evil evil airbags), so it may be a while before I get it back.

So, most likely, can I keep driving the Delorean for a week or two,  
or would I be just asking for it?

I could try replacing the pump this weekend, if I can get the parts  
in time, but I'm worried that I may break a bolt or discover some  
other problem that will turn this into a multi day project.


- Jason

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