Your web page explanation of the problem left off something very important.
The water pump is not the cause of the problem, only a symptom. A poorly
designed cooling system was the problem.
The TSB issued for the problem had the dealer install a bypass kit that
re-routed the coolant in order to correct a condition where the water would
cavitate instead of flow. This cavitation caused massive amounts of
I just learned about all this Saturday when I forked over $950 for
installation of the bypass kit, all new freeze plugs and a new water pump.
The second pump in 13 months. My daughter arrived home from college on
Wednesday trailing a plume of steam behind her. Luckily the freeze plugs
didn't give way till she was a block from the house.
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