How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask FIXITMAN Your Own Question

FIXITMAN
FIXITMAN, Master Technician
Category: Saturn
Satisfied Customers: 14143
Experience:  ASE MASTER CERTIFIED, AA DEGREE AUTO/DIESEL TECH.
Type Your Saturn Question Here...
FIXITMAN is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

If the water pump goes out will it prevent the car from starting?

Customer Question

If the water pump goes out will it prevent the car from starting?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Saturn
Expert:  FIXITMAN replied 4 years ago.
HelloCustomer what kind of Saturn is this?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
It is a 2002 L Series 2.2 L
Expert:  FIXITMAN replied 4 years ago.
Okay. Yes it can. On this engine if the water pump fails it can cause the timing chain to become loose or come off which will cause the valve timing to be off causing the engine to die.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I have checked and I have spark and compression. If the timing chain came off will this cause damage to the valves and would it be worth fixing? The car has 168,000 miles on it but ran like a champ until the water pump blew out
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
We can see the shaft on the pump spinning thru the gap on the water pump so does that indcate the chain is still sttached but possible become loose?
Expert:  FIXITMAN replied 4 years ago.
What was the compression readings that you were getting?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I am not sure what they were but we can see the shaft inside the water pump rotating when we turn the ignition. Is the water pump driven by the timing chain?
Expert:  FIXITMAN replied 4 years ago.
Yes, the water pump is driven by the timing chain. The chain can be loose or it may have jumped time when the water pump failed.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
What are the chances that it messed up the valves? With 168K miles I am afraid of putting too much into this car so is this a fairly easy fix if the valves are ok?
Expert:  FIXITMAN replied 4 years ago.
Typically yhis does not ruin the valves in this vehicle. You would need to pull off the timing chain covers to see if the vehicle is out of time? Did the water pump bearing completely fail or did it just start leaking?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
What happened was.... While I was driving at approx 30 mph I heard a sound that sounded like it blew out and the car died and has not started since. When I popped the hood there was coolant sprayed all along the firewall on the side where the water pump is located. So I am assuming it has FAILED! LOL
Expert:  FIXITMAN replied 4 years ago.
Okay. Yes this is what happened. You need to now check the timing chain to see if it jumped. If you are lucky it may have stayed where it was and is just loose due to the bad pump.
FIXITMAN, Master Technician
Category: Saturn
Satisfied Customers: 14143
Experience: ASE MASTER CERTIFIED, AA DEGREE AUTO/DIESEL TECH.
FIXITMAN and 8 other Saturn Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
OK great thank you so much for your help! You have supplied me with more useful answers than anyone has!!
Expert:  FIXITMAN replied 4 years ago.
Not a problem. Let me know if you need any other help.

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
< Last | Next >
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
  • He answered my question promptly and gave me accurate, detailed information. If all of your experts are half as good, you have a great thing going here. Diane Dallas, TX
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • 15yearsaturnguy

    Saturn master tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    1671
    25 years automotive experience, 15 years with Saturn
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/bassplayer360/2011-7-23_14023_mikeheadshot.64x64.jpg 15yearsaturnguy's Avatar

    15yearsaturnguy

    Saturn master tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    1671
    25 years automotive experience, 15 years with Saturn
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/joecamel90/2008-11-13_03615_head_shot.jpg George H.'s Avatar

    George H.

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    650
    ASE Master Tech 15+ Years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PE/peterpete190/2012-2-24_1274_20120215135406.64x64.jpg Pete's Avatar

    Pete

    Saturn Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    531
    15 years Saturn Technician experience.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/drivefast1971/2012-1-12_172422_0009051tQKh.64x64.jpg Ron Z.'s Avatar

    Ron Z.

    - Saturn Tech -

    Satisfied Customers:

    391
    18+yrs experience. State Inspector and Saturn Diagnostics
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/testedtuff/2009-09-26_170108_pictures.jpg John's Avatar

    John

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    375
    Master ASE technician,Master GM technician,40 years experience
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/Rocket2005/2009-09-13_133703_jack.jpg cartech's Avatar

    cartech

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    305
    25 year master tech and shop owner
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MO/molurch/2012-6-6_214526_500.64x64.png Don 'Mo Lurch''s Avatar

    Don 'Mo Lurch'

    Saturn Mechanic

    Satisfied Customers:

    270
    GM, Chevrolet Cert., Heavy Line Mech, Race Shop Owner, Mobile Electronics.