- Feb 17, 2007
- Clermont, Florida
I have a question here. Those of you who have had a water pump fail, did it just up and quit while driving and blow coolant all over your engine, shred the serpentine belt and wrap it around the pulley, causing a loss of power steering and generally scaring you to death? Or did it just die a little at a time with plenty of warning from bearing noise and leaks from the weep hole, so you had time to prepare for it, get it home and fix it at your leisure? I ask this because I read today online about a water pump failing all of a sudden like that and causing much havoc under the hood of another Dakota owner's truck. My own truck has 142K on it now, and still has its original water pump. I have no idea how long it may last. If catastrophic failure while driving is a distinct possibility I will just replace it now rather than later. Sorry for such a hypothetical post here. Thanks for your help on it.