Anyone replaced theirs? My '03 Rio had a cooling issue pop up and although I think it was just my radiator dying on me and leaking, I figured that since I'll have to drain the system and remove the stuff in the way I might as well replace all the other cooling stuff too. I have a new rad, hoses, pump, t-stat, and temp sender coming from Rockauto. I got the Gates branded reman'd pump.
One question I had was whether you guys use sealant on the gasket? I have developed a habit of using it from my days of working on old domestic V8 water pumps but this pump supposedly comes with a gasket that doesn't need sealant, so now I'm afraid putting some on there might actually make it leak. Just curious what you guys have been doing?
btw, I got my new rad for $39, it was on close-out from a wholesaler!
The really fun part in this situation is that the cooling system was only half of what went wrong in the space of 30 minutes! My hood started puffing wisps of white smoke which made me go
and I cranked the heat to max and headed for home. On the way....I braked for a corner and got a ka-clunk sound from my rear drums along with a hard pulse in the pedal. Now my right-rear brake was stuck on! I had to drive home like that, thankfully the wheel would still turn. But by the time I got home I had white smoke pouring out both ends of the car, from the hood and from the rear wheel!
I would have just pulled over and stopped but I had no money for a tow. Luckily there was a shiny new credit card waiting for me in my mail box, which I had planned to use for school expenses but instead I've used half of my limit already just getting parts.
I went whole-hog on the rear brakes, I've never serviced them I'm ashamed to say, but never had any issues either until now. I figure that at 111k miles I might as well replace it all, bearings, drums, wheel cylinders, everything. Only thing I didn't get was new spindles. I already had a new set of OEM shoes so that saved a little money.
Oh, and I figured I'd do the timing set too since I'm doing the water pump, it was due anyway in 9k miles. I got the Dayco one.
lol, just realized how much I just wrote, sorry for being long-winded! In case my question got lost in all that text, I was Just curious if you guys use sealant on your pump and t-stat gaskets?