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First off, howdy bioys and girls!

I've been snooping around the forum and it looks like a great place.

My wife has a 1992 Civic VX with 120,000 miles on it. The previous owner put new timing belt on around 60,000 and I was planning on doing it again soon.

But maybe not soon enough . . .

This morning on the way to dropping our girl at school, the car stopped amidst some not so nice clacking and rattling sounds--"chick, chick, chack chick, chack".

Bless her soul, she didn't crank it too many times before pushing it home 2 blocks but she did say that it would start but die after a few seconds. She said it dropped a lot of coolant on ground when it happened.

I just looked at it and the front of the motor is wet around/below the water pump. I turned it over once and it started but made a lot of noise so I shut it off immediately.

I've rebuilt plenty of 22RE and AC VW motors. So I'm not a total idiot but new to this engine.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if it starts at all I assume that my timing belt is still there (?).

Would the water pump failing cause the described problem/symptoms.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Scott
 

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Yeah, sounds like water pump took a crap. Normally to be on the safe side people change the water pump at the same time as the t-belt, since it's basically all the same labor to do either one. If the gear on the pump busted, it could leak and also since it's belt driven the belt would loosen and timing would be off. There's one theory for you...
 

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inmycivicex said:
if the car starts at all, the timing belt is still there. if your water pump went out, then the car would over heat. does it feel less powerful? maybe a blown headgasket. we'd need some more symptoms and maybe a picture.
Maybe that too...normally you'd see the coolant coming from between the head/block though, instead of on the side of the engine where the pump is.
 
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