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My 2001 GTV 2.0TS makes a noise when engine ticking over and driving in general. Its like a squeeking noise and appears to come from the auxillary belt area. I took it to my local garage yesterday and the mechanic reckons it needs a new water pump and tensioner. I'm not that car mechanically savvy so was wondering if anyone on here has had this go on there GTV and what kinda costs it is to fix? The garage gave me a quote of 400-500 for it sorting, does that seem ok?
Is the car ok to drive with this or would you leave it off road till I have got it sorted?

Any advice and help would be gratefully received!
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First thing to do is to remove the aux belt and see if the noise goes. You know then if it's auc belt run or cam/balance belt run.
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Mitch is spot on.

Find a friend with some spanners, give him some beers... you need a 15mm ring spanner on the tensioner to remove the belt (put spanner on, pull hard downwards and the loose belt comes off the crank pulley)
Run engine without belt... problem gone?

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Cambelt: drives the water pump and cam shafts and runs around the crank, 1 tensioner and 1 idler

Balance belt drives 2 balance belts and runs around the crank and 1 tensioner

Auxillary belt: drives the power steering, the alternator and runs around the crank and a tensioner. Also on most cars it drives the air conditioning and runs around an extra idler
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Thanks for the advice folks! Going to look into that, My mate is a dab hand with cars so will show him what you just told me. Thanks again.
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If you do end up needing to change the water pump, change the cam-belt, tensioner and pulley too.

The parts will cost just something like 70 from www.shop4parts.co.uk etc. and the old ones have to come off to remove the water pump.

You may as well put it back with all new parts... Cam-belt/tensioner are supposed to be changed every 36,000 miles or 3yrs... so this will sort that job out, if yours is due any time soon.

You may want to also consider the cam-variator.. if yours sounds remotely dieselly on start-up... but they're 100... so it may be worth a punt on keeping the one you have, if it's dead quiet at the moment.

Meanwhile.. I wouldn't do any long trips if your water pump is the culprit, since if the bearings collapse, it will make the cam-belt go slack and that will wreck your engine. I don't want to alarm you.. but it'd be a shame to take too much of a chance, having realised that it may have a problem and be about to fix it..

Shop around for a specialist that can fit a cam-belt (water pump is an extra 5 minutes on top of that job). www.AlfaWorkshop.co.uk etc.. can do the whole cam- and balance belt doodah for 300 which includes all the parts you need... (You'll obviously need to add the extra cost of the water pump).

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