1993 Cadillac STS Water Pump Replacement

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JALARIC1971
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  • 1993 CADILLAC STS
  • V8
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 42,176 MILES
Located in the midwest, what is the average cost to replace a water pump on a 1993 Cadillac Seville STS, 4.9L V8 with NorthStar engine.
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Saturday, November 21st, 2009 AT 2:38 PM

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ERNEST CLARK
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If you purchase a water pump from a parts store like AutoZone, it'll run you about $50 bucks. The problem is, most shops won't install parts you bought yourself.

They'll tell you it's because they don't want to warranty someone else's part, and they prefer to go through their own supplier.

But the truth is, most shops use a service called Alldata that gives them their repair procedures, as well as labor rates and part prices. And Alldata will quote a price of $150, which is rediculous. But this allows the shop to quote you that price, so they can then go by your water pump from AutoZone for $50 and make an extra $100.

And if they install your bought part, they'll be cutting themselves out of the hundred.

As for straight labor, most shops will charge you $150-$200. But shop around and don't be afraid to tell a shop that someone else is quoting you a lower price.
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Saturday, February 20th, 2010 AT 9:25 PM
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KENNY KELLY
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If you go the Autozone or Advanced Auto route to buy the water pump (like I did for my 93 STS), unless you take it to a GM mechanic, you may also want to buy the special tool required for the job. I got mine at Advanced Auto for 15-20 bucks. If you're a do-it-your-selfer. Don't even try it without the tool!
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Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 AT 10:46 AM

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