Water Pumps

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cptcrnch56@aol.com

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Mike,

It is always darkest before it goes totally Black!!! Take a rubber hose and
hold it to your ear and probe the waterpump area with the other end. You should
hear the noisy bearing grinding away.

Frank in CT


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Michael Echemann

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Can anyone tell me if a water pump can be noisy prior to going bad or do they
simply work then go bad? I've got a noise coming from the engine area and if I
let the car sit and idle I can't figure out where it coming from. It runs fine
and the timing etc is also good so I have no operating problems. It almost
sounds like a dull rattle but I'm sure it's mechanical somewhere in the engine
area. Thanks

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Randy Bograd

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Mike,
take a piece of wood, like a short broom handle, and use it like a
stethescope. It will help you pinpoint the source.

Randy


On Thu, 3 Jul 2003 18:15:41 -0500 "Michael Echemann"
<echemike@sbcglobal.net> writes:
> Can anyone tell me if a water pump can be noisy prior to going bad or
> do they simply work then go bad? I've got a noise coming from the
> engine area and if I let the car sit and idle I can't figure out
> where it coming from. It runs fine and the timing etc is also good
> so I have no operating problems. It almost sounds like a dull
> rattle but I'm sure it's mechanical somewhere in the engine area.
> Thanks
>
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vaircrazy

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Mike,
If you hear a high pitch (wine) no not the kind you drink. It will
probably be a water pump. I also go by vibration. Could also be a
lifter knock. Bring it by this week if you are at your family in troy
and I will disect it.
Mike Bayman


--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "Michael Echemann"
<echemike@s...> wrote:
> Can anyone tell me if a water pump can be noisy prior to going bad
or do they simply work then go bad? I've got a noise coming from
the engine area and if I let the car sit and idle I can't figure out
where it coming from. It runs fine and the timing etc is also good
so I have no operating problems. It almost sounds like a dull rattle
but I'm sure it's mechanical somewhere in the engine area. Thanks
>
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Ed Price

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----- Original Message -----
From: Michael Echemann
To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2003 4:15 PM
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Water Pumps


Can anyone tell me if a water pump can be noisy prior to going bad or do they
simply work then go bad? I've got a noise coming from the engine area and if I
let the car sit and idle I can't figure out where it coming from. It runs fine
and the timing etc is also good so I have no operating problems. It almost
sounds like a dull rattle but I'm sure it's mechanical somewhere in the engine
area. Thanks

Water pumps usually warn you by leaking. If you can't locate the noise using the
broomstick / stethoscope method, try removing the fanbelt for a couple of
minutes. That will stop the water pump and generator. If the noise goes away,
then....

Ed
El Cajon
67 Rust Guppy


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Tony Cooper

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Usually water pumps squeak when the bearing needs lubrication. Water pump
lubricant will quiet it... You can buy it all most any auto parts houses. Most
water pumps have 2
seals, when the first one fails, you'll get weeping from a hole in the pulley
shaft. Time to start looking to replace/rebuild at this point. If the 2nd seal
goes, you'll be stranded.
This is general information and not amphicar related specifically.

I don't own an amphicar, but they have fascinated me for years. I'm actually
entertaining the idea of finding/purchasing one... Anyone point me in the
right direction? My
father in law has an extensive collection of pre WW II outboard motors ( >200 ).
I'm sure he'd love to putt around the lake in the car! Any one own one in the
Southeast? I'm
located in Raleigh, NC and would love to see one up close and personal. I
remember seeing 2 in a garage (in pieces) over 20 years ago in Miami.

Regards,
Tony

--Original Message Text---
From: Ed Price
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2003 20:39:16 -0700


----- Original Message -----
From: Michael Echemann
To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2003 4:15 PM
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Water Pumps


Can anyone tell me if a water pump can be noisy prior to going bad or do they
simply work then go bad? I've got a noise coming from the engine area and if I
let the car sit
and idle I can't figure out where it coming from. It runs fine and the timing
etc is also good so I have no operating problems. It almost sounds like a dull
rattle but I'm sure it's
mechanical somewhere in the engine area. Thanks

Water pumps usually warn you by leaking. If you can't locate the noise using the
broomstick / stethoscope method, try removing the fanbelt for a couple of
minutes. That will
stop the water pump and generator. If the noise goes away, then....

Ed
El Cajon
67 Rust Guppy


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John Friese

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--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "Michael Echemann"
<echemike@s...> wrote:
> Can anyone tell me if a water pump can be noisy prior to going bad
or do they simply work then go bad? I've got a noise coming from the
engine area and if I let the car sit and idle I can't figure out where
it coming from. It runs fine and the timing etc is also good so I
have no operating problems. It almost sounds like a dull rattle but
I'm sure it's mechanical somewhere in the engine area. Thanks
>

Hi Mike,
The stick or hose method ususally will do the job but since your
dealing with old cars it would probably pay to invest in what's called
a mechanics stethoscope. It looks kind of like a doctors unit but has
a probe at the end to touch against the suspect candidates. A decent
auto parts store will have one and they're not much money.
Over the years, I have had more noise from generator or alternator
bearings than from water pumps. Usually the pumps just leak. Taking
the belt off for a minute will only tell you that it's either the
water pump or the generator. If you do take the belt off, only run it
for a short time since without the pump turning, water won't circulate
through the engine and the temperature gauge won't show the heat
that's building up in the block.

John Friese
 
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