2002 Saturn SL2 SL2 problems.

Tiny
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  • 2002 SATURN SL2
Engine Cooling problem
2002 Saturn SL2 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 111000 miles

A few weeks ago, a truck backed into my car and dented the hood to where I couldnt open it, it then began squeaking alot, turning into almost a whine with the AC on, and 2 nights ago I was driving on the highway when all of a sudden the low coolant light came on as well as the overheat light, I pulled into a nearby neighborhood and shut the car off, I worked on the hood for a while and finally got the hood up, the coolant res. Was completely out, and I was a little low on oil, I put some water in it, and the water went into the coolant, and straight down and out of the car at the bottom somewhere, I checked the water pump and it was loose and wobbled quite a bit, but, would a broken water pump cause that much of a leak? It was more of a stream of water than a drip.
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Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 AT 8:43 AM

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Tiny
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Yes if ur water pump shaft is loose then u can loose alot of water and coolant replace the pump an go from there let me know if u get anymore leaks after that.
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Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 AT 7:46 PM
Tiny
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Will do, I asked a car shop today, and they said that they could replace the belt, water pump, and all the hoses, give me a gallon of anti-freeze, and a lifetime warranty on my cooling system for 200 dollars, does this seem worth the money? They told me that I would have to lift the AC system and take off a belt or two to get to the pump, and I dont really have the time to do all of that.
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Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 AT 8:10 AM
Tiny
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U only have one belt on that car and the a/c doesn't have to move to replace the pump it's not in the way as far as replacing all the hoses he is probably only talking about replacing the upper and lower radiator hoses which those usually last a long time I have my oringal hoses on my 99 Saturn and have over 200,000 miles on it. If he were to replace them he must use a good quality one the cheap ones are weak and colasp and flatten out when the car gets hot. The labor on the pump is 1.9hrs x whatever there hourly shop rate is and the pump is for a Saturn one 96.22 an aftermarket pump is only like 30 or 40 plus 10 for coolant just make sure u use the dex cool in that car. There not that hard to replace u access it thru the passenger wheel well area remove the splash gaurd and support te engine under the oil pan with a floor Jack remove the upper mount then u can raise and lower the engine where u need it piece of cake. Let me know how it comes out.
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Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 AT 1:05 PM

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