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2005 Chevrolet Aveo LS 4dr Sedan

2005 Chevrolet Aveo
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan, Compact
27 mpg city / 35 mpg hwy
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September 21, 2012, 12:32 pm

Rebecca H
 

Question: Timing Belt

Hello,

I just had my timing belt and serpentine belt replaced about 1,000 miles ago. My car wouldn't start, so I had it towed to the same place that completed the repairs. Now they are saying that my water pump went out and destroyed my valves and head gasket. My question is if they just had my engine taken apart, wouldn't they have noticed my water pump starting to fail? I feel like they were lazy when inspecting my car, and now I am being charged for their mistakes. Thank you so much.


September 30, 2012, 7:50 pm

Ron W
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It depends where the water pump is. If it is driven by the timing belt, most shops replace it when they do the belt. If you post which engine you have I could look it up for you. Or you can just google how to change it and there will probably be a description or video of the procedure.

If the pump failed and you kept driving in an overheated condition, it could have caused the damage they say it did.


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