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Can someone tell me what the average life is of a water pump is and if the soun becomes obvious before it totally fails❓
 

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No idea on typical lifespan. Back in the day of timing belts and when water pumps were driven off the T-belt, they used to be replaced every 100,000 miles or so along with the T-belt. On newer engines where the water pump is driven off the accessory belt or are completely electric they get replaced when they start to fail. They should start squealing/whining and may become "loose" (shaft play when wiggling the roller) when they start to go.
 

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I replaced mine at about 180k. The mechanic opened the old one and it looked absolutely fine. This has been the case on a lot of parts I have replaced with OEM parts for 'preventative maintenance'. I call it preventative maintenance, my wife calls it wasting money. 😏
 
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