2002 Dodge Caravan water pump

Tiny
COORSMAN1962
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  • 2002 DODGE CARAVAN
Engine Cooling problem
2002 Dodge Caravan 4 cyl Automatic 95000 miles

I have my 2002 Caravan in the shop for a water leake. I'm not surprised that they said it was the water pump. 4 days later after them telling me that the timing belt cover was bad, they say that the timing belt tensioner is bad and that its what caused the water pump to fail. This additional kit to fix the tensioner will run me an additional $300.00 +/- for a total job of $1000.00 +/- I am starting to feel as though I may be getting screwed. Whats your opinion? Is there any relationship between the timing tension pully and the water pump, that could cause the pump to fail/leak?
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Monday, February 22nd, 2010 AT 1:48 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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I'm not sure how a loose belt could cause the pump to go bad, but it is possible. The timing belt runs the waterpump. Here is a picture of how the components work together:


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/249084_Dodge_Caravan_00256407_1.jpg



So to answer your question, yes it is possible.

Let me know if you have other questions.

Joe
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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 AT 11:31 PM

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