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Returning from FLorida to Ohio on vacation with the family when we hit heavy traffic outside COlumbia, SC, After half an hour in 96 temps heard a belt squeaking a few times and within a minute temp gauge started climbing. Sstems started to shut down as I pulled off the road. No steam but could smell radiator fluid and see it dripping out from the passenger side. Let engine col a bit and started car and temp began to climg again. shut it off. Called Roadside assistance as the Outlook is an 08 with only 54,000 miles. 4 hours later finaly secured a tow truck. Of course on a Saturday afternoon, no service depts are open til Monday. In a hotel til then, no car and hoping it can be fixed on Monday, still 8 hours from home. Water pump? if so, how long of a repair?
 

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Just had mine replaced. They had my vehicle for 3 days but I think they had other work on the books and mine was a fit in. Mine would leak and then not, then leak then not and finally really leak, the belt would squeak and steam would come out but never overheat, probably because I was only going short distances and keeping an eye on the coolant tank. I would say if the dealer has the pump and can fit you in you should have it back in one day. Good luck.
 

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Yes, I'm only at almost 33K. Water pumps are covered under the 5yr/100K PT warranty.
 

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Your location of the drips also matches where the water pump is located so it should be a quick fix if they have the part in stock.

Good luck and have a safe trip back home.

P.S. I would also make sure that they put a brand new belt on there...even if I would have to pay the part price out of pocket.
 

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Dear outlook owner,

How are things going with your Saturn Outlook situation?

Michelle, GM Customer Service
 

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medicrxdoc said:
Your location of the drips also matches where the water pump is located so it should be a quick fix if they have the part in stock.

Good luck and have a safe trip back home.

P.S. I would also make sure that they put a brand new belt on there...even if I would have to pay the part price out of pocket.
I guess it's a real mutha to get out (not much room).
 

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Ive looked at this area. and it appears that with removal for the tire and the wheel well liner- that the pump is relatively accessible.
If Im out of the 100K warranty and pump goes- its a repair I would attempt.
 

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Ive looked at this area. and it appears that with removal for the tire and the wheel well liner- that the pump is relatively accessible.
If Im out of the 100K warranty and pump goes- its a repair I would attempt.
I think if you were to look at it from the top a few bolts could be had if the PS tank was removed, but I would try from below 1st :-\ but on the other hand hopefully this pump lasts for as long as I own the OUTLOOK and I wont have to change it.

Side note* My wife says that when the PT warranty is up, she's getting a new vehicle and the OUTLOOK is going up for sale. We'll see, it might be sooner if I keep having stuff go wrong with it, all seems good now though :-\. It's ready for tires, 33K and I'm 1/16" away from the wear bars :sosad:. I'm thinking either Bridgestone or Hankook. :hijacked: sorry
 

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I think if you were to look at it from the top a few bolts could be had if the PS tank was removed, but I would try from below 1st :-\ but on the other hand hopefully this pump lasts for as long as I own the OUTLOOK and I wont have to change it.

Side note* My wife says that when the PT warranty is up, she's getting a new vehicle and the OUTLOOK is going up for sale. We'll see, it might be sooner if I keep having stuff go wrong with it, all seems good now though :-\. It's ready for tires, 33K and I'm 1/16" away from the wear bars :sosad:. I'm thinking either Bridgestone or Hankook. :hijacked: sorry
The service manual for a 2007 has you go in from the top to replace the water pump. The manual has you remove the drive belt, the right engine strut mount and the right engine strut mount bracket prior to proceeding with the water pump.
 

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wow, really? the strut mount... hmmm
I can see the serpentine belt..
I may have to look at the setup a little closer next time I rotate tires.
 

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The service manual for a 2007 has you go in from the top to replace the water pump. The manual has you remove the drive belt, the right engine strut mount and the right engine strut mount bracket prior to proceeding with the water pump.
Those did'nt look disturbed on mine but I'll have to get a closer look.
 

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We owned a 1994 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight that I wanted to replace the serpentine belt during routine maintenance. In order to remove the belt, the engine mount had to be disconnected and the engine jacked up to get the belt off the front of the engine.


Maybe that's why the service manual list that stepped as needing to be done. I haven't looked on the Traverse yet to see if anything similar has to be done for the serpentine belt.
 

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We owned a 1994 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight that I wanted to replace the serpentine belt during routine maintenance. In order to remove the belt, the engine mount had to be disconnected and the engine jacked up to get the belt off the front of the engine.


Maybe that's why the service manual list that stepped as needing to be done. I haven't looked on the Traverse yet to see if anything similar has to be done for the serpentine belt.
I believe the removal of the engine strut mount and strut mount bracket are only to allow access to replace the water pump and have nothing to do with the removal of the serpentine belt.
 
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