'97 Saturn waterpump

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Old 11-25-08, 04:41 AM
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'97 Saturn waterpump

My grandson's '97 Saturn, 4 cyl. is in need of a waterpump. Is this a job he and I could do without too much trouble. He had a "mechanic" give him a price of $500.00. Seems excessive to me as the pump is relatively inexpensive, unless it is a really tough job. I stopped working on cars 25 years ago. I have the tools, but not the know-how. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 11-25-08, 04:54 AM
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Here's the procedure:

http://www.autozone.com/shopping/rep...00c1528017e740

I don't think I've done a Saturn pump, but I don't think it's overly difficult. The pump itself is pretty cheap, so unless they were going to use a genuine Saturn part, $500 sounds a little steep.
 
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According to my ALDATA the time required for a single and Dual overhead cam motor is 2 hours . The price of the pump is $89.99 . Sounds like overpriced to me . On the earlier desighned engines the Labor was from 4 to 8 hours and they where tough .
 
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Thanks for the information. I believe we will do it. The kid can do the bull-work and I'll be boss!!!

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I was guessing about two hours, maybe three if you allow for not having done one before or any problems. Even at three hours and allowing for the add-on stuff - coolant, "shop supplies", disposal fee, etc, etc. - I would be hard pressed to make it add up to $500.

Be meticulous about cleaning the mating surfaces for best gasket sealing, but be careful so as not to damage the surface itself.

My son's not old enough for wrench turning yet, but I'm looking forward to being the supervisor some day.
 
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