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2003 Mitsubishi Galant DE 4dr Sedan 2.4L Auto

2003 Mitsubishi Galant
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Midsize
21 mpg city / 27 mpg hwy
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March 27, 2013, 7:31 am

Sheriden T

Question: How much labor time is saved by replacing the water pump at the same time as the timing belt?

Car has 63,000 miles on it.

April 1, 2013, 11:08 am

Ron W
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Many water pumps are driven by the timing belt, so if you need to replace one or the other, it is best practice to replace both.

If you replace just the belt, then the pump fails, you would have to do the job again as both components would be ruined. Or if you replace a pump, you wouldn't want the shop to charge you more labor in a month (for the exact same procedure) because now the timing belt is due to be replaced.

In the long run, changing both components save labor costs and ensures the job will last.

As to how much labor is saved; almost all of it. To replace the pump should add more than 1/2 hour to the labor in most cases.

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