Hi, just took my car to the local dealer - its developed a nasty whining, rubbing noise - dealer immediately diagnosed it as the waterpump on it's way out, the plastic impeller starting to slip etc.
Now, to make it worse, looking at the paperwork I can see the cambelt, idlers and tensioners were changed last september (2009)...but not the waterpump
I phoned a few garages, one has said that I cannot just replace the waterpump, and that I can't refit an old belt...so I would need to replace the whole lot again at a cost of about £495. I'm sure it's good practise to replace the belt when taking it off, but is it really essential to never put a belt back on and use a new one?
Local dealer quoted £745.
Then phoned a little specialist in the south that has worked on my old mans car, and he has said that he can replace the waterpump for around £300 ... £180 labour for an 5 hour job, and then £100 or so for the waterpump... Is this possible? Or has he got bad information? If he's able to get at it, replace it without causing any problems to the belt, I'm tempted, as it doesn't need changing for another 2 years in theory..He wouldn't be replacing any of the cambelt kit...just the waterpump from what he was saying..
What do people think? Need some advice please
Want to keep the beast running