Have a 99 V6 / automatic Contour with 85000 miles on and plan on
taking it on a 10,000 Mi Roadtrip
Any thoughts about preventative maintenance??
Thought about replacing the alternator and water pump...
Already changed out the automatic transmission fluid with synthetic,
breaks replaced about 10,000 miles back and recently changed gas and
IIRC, there's a common problem on that 2.5 V-6 with water pump impellers.
You could do a google search on it. At the same time, I don't think I'd go
to that much more trouble on a car with the miles yours has. If you're not
having trouble with it, or any cause to suspect a weak part, leave it alone.
Just don't rev the snot out of it, and the impellers hang in pretty
good. First time you hit 6 grand, it's gone. Could let go sooner. Mine
let go the first time I really lit into it (at about 6000RPM).
I put in a new pump with a cast impeller - no more worries.
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