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Old 05-16-2011, 05:04 PM   #1
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1988 Chevy water pump replacement cost

I have a 1988 Chevy based Class C and it needs a new water pump.
The cost to fix it......$400, seems a little high. Any idea of how much
such a repair should cost? It has a 350 (5.7L) V8. I would also like to
know if anyone knows of a good place in Jacksonville, FL for the repair
to be done?

Yet, another question is, did I do any damage, when it overheated?
To the engine that is.....anyway to tell? Before I put money into the
beast. Maybe it time to put Bessy down. Don't want a money pit.

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Old 05-16-2011, 05:48 PM   #2
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The first thing to check is the oil. If it looks like coffee with cream in it, you have water in the oil. the engine is toast. If the oil is OK, next crank it up, even it has no water you can run it for 30 seconds and check it for knocking. Do not let it run much longer than about 30 seconds. If it is not knocking, I would go ahead and change the pump.

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Old 05-16-2011, 05:55 PM   #3
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I don't know how difficult it is to change the water pump. Maybe you could replace it yourself. $400.00 does not get you much now days.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:53 PM   #4
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I replaced a water pump on an '88 Chevy pickup I had one time. It wasn't all that bad of a job. Of course your location, time, and tools will make or break the experience. Mine wasn't bad but, I was at home, didn't need the truck to drive, and had plenty of time. Parts for that job should be around $50 or so.
$400 seems a bit high to me, but it could e be worse I guess.
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