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    Default Water pump seized and a loud crack!

    I posted this at the end of erratic revs but with no response, my guts tell me it is related.

    Remember I now have no error codes, the only problem being that the revs at idle where higher than normal.

    I was returning home today (Sunday 17th july) with the caravan on the back when the picture of the radiator came on, then off – I looked at the temp gauge and it was about 85, so I thought I’ll stop at the next lay-by and just have a look.

    Then it came on again and off a few times (temp was still about 85) but before I could strop…crack…steam and water shot out from the right hand side.

    Called the RAC and they had a look and water (after refilling) was peeing out of the water pump. The Cambelt although not in pieces was limp and easily pulled away. The RAC’s opinion is that the water pump seized, then the cam belt forced movement (the crack) which in turn wrecked the cambelt and probably a few valves.

    What sort of money can I expect?

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    ouch, thats going to be expensive, when mine went on the golf, i had to have a recon head fitted as it has made a right mess of the valves and guides,

    just goes to show it pys to get the pump and cambelt changed at the same time

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    Been round my local and he’s picking it up in about an hour.

    It says it all depends on how lucky I am?

    Ranging from:

    Water pump and new cambelt (highly improbable)

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    16 valves and bushes plus a head skim

    And that he will not know until stripped!

    Worst case scenario about £800

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    Ouch. Assuming you'll be putting it in to a garage ,Timing belt and pump around £150 + fitting. Removal of cylinder head should take no more than 2-3 hours but its that point it gets expensive. If the head is ok and only requires a few valves replacing id expect a bill around the £500 if the head is junk and requires a new head, recon ones of ebay start around £200, well you could be looking at £800. Obviously a lot less if you can do all the work yourself.
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    Get him to check the rockers as that engine is designed to break rockers rather than valves.

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    The Z18XE is Lee? Oh didn't know that, thought it was just the cdti
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    Opp's

    Forgot not everyone has the Z19DTH


    Ignore what I said lol.

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    Sorry should have said Z18xe.

    Phoned them about 4.30 and they said theyed get back to me tomorrow. From what they said they were unsure about a skim and might send it to be checked out by a reconditioner. They said the skim would be about £60.

    Oh happy days

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    Update

    Because the Head looks ok at first sight (inc valves) they are swapping the water pump and fitting a new belt. And are going to see how it runs. Fingers and everything crossed.

    Big problems getting the water pump off – the screws were bent with the ‘spindle’ at an angle – no wonder I heard a crack!

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    Best of luck

    Sounds like a sensible garage too ...............
    hopefully they were able to see if the piston tops had any marks in the alloy/carbon from the valves
    if they touched..............


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