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    In around october last year i had the cambelt changed on my 3.2 vectra elite, £400 quidish, the mileage was around 49,000. I have been reading the posts on the forum here concerning the cambelt change, and i have discovered the water pump should of been changed at the same time. Mileage is now 51,000, but the big decision is, do i pay to do the pump and belt again, (if im doing the pump i feel sure the belt will probably have to be done again while its off), or do i leave it and pray the pump does not break up, as i have heard rumours it can do. Its a pricey decision, so advice is really really helpfull, im pretty worried the pump could let go in the near future and leave me right in the lurch. The big laugh is, i asked the tech at vauxhall "does the waterpump need changing", and he said "no", it looks like i should of read the posts here thouroughly first. Also, does the waterpump give any warning of imminent failiure, like noises or leaking?

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    The waterpump would have been inspected during the cambelt change
    It is not mandatory to change it during the cambelt change, but it is recommended as it saves on the costs and another cambelt change when it goes
    Usual method of diagnosis is listening for it rattling and visual inspection of water run marks on the exterior where the bearing has failed

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    the waterpump will start to leak around the gland seals before it fails, it won't make a noise....ALSO.. the cambelt does not drive the waterpump on the 3.2's..it's driven by the Aux drivebelt..So, all you would have to do is pay for the labour to change it ( about 1.5hrs) as it's fixings are within the timing belt cover..

    pumps are around £25... add some coolant and about 1.5hrs labour and you SHOULD have change from £200 if you use an independant..

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