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Old 01-31-16, 03:07 PM   #1
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Im stuck in the tri-cities near pasco and my water pump died. Reccomendations on a shop/is someone able to help me fix it? Im 800 miles from home with no tools and minimal cash. Even options to get it home to fix it would be appreciated.
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I ran a search on nearby Lexus Dealers, but none came up... Although, that wouldn't be a cheap option.

Sorry that you're stuck. I hope someone more knowledgeable can help you out. A tow truck may be the best option.
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What's limited cash? You could rent a uhaul and trailer and get it home that way. Or buy a pump and a tool kit and work on it in a parking lot. Not ideal but sounds like you are up a creek.
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Or find someone with a trailer going your way. Uhaul maybe the cheap route. So what year is it?
And simple rule don't take any car on a long trip if its not in near perfect shape and all timing belt stuff and water pump stuff is up to snuff. And never go on any over 100 mile trip with out tools.
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There is no cheap option to change the water pump on the road in the middle of nowhere. Sorry to confirm the bad news. Are you even the DIY type? If not this ends with you being out of a whole lot of cash. Try to post in the area specific forums and see if someone answers the call. Changing a water pump outside in the dead of winter is not a job that I would look forward to doing.Plus you might as well change the timing belt and pulleys while your in there. u-haul won't be a cheap option either since they will charge you by the mile and the one way fee.
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Maybe some sort of rental car with a hitch and rent a tow dolly. You would need to disconnect the rear flex joint and tie up the drive shaft or remove it.
Or its have a shop do it. Minimal cash? Use a credit card.
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I am mechanically inclined, i have a metric set and some screwdrivers for tools, i was just hoping that someone nearby had a garage and knoledge for me to pick on. If i can get to missoula (400 miles) then im home free, as i have a uncle with a trailer who goes there for work. Car is a 1990 ls400, blue on blue with 170k miles on it. Tb was done 65k ago, i thought i was up to date :/ thanks for the help guys! It will still drive up to 40 miles before the temp even changes (40 miles out when it started getting bad, it didnt hit the top-middle temp tic until i was in their driveway.)
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Also limited cash is 300 bucks and change, but i already have the full tb kit. No credit card :/
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Water pump ? is it leaking? If it seized up the timing belt would be broke. So it just heats up? Any leaks?
Could be just the thermostat. Restricted radiator? Restricted radiator hose?
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Water pump ? is it leaking? If it seized up the timing belt would be broke. So it just heats up? Any leaks?
Could be just the thermostat. Restricted radiator? Restricted radiator hose?
For sure, putting in a new thermostat is something you could do in a parking lot.
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What makes you think it's the pump? If you can drive 40 miles without it over heating maybe it's something else. Low on fluid or thermostat like has been said. The only reason you can drive the 40 miles is because its cold out but I would not chance trying to make it 400 miles if I knew the pump was bad. You could end up stuck in a worse scenario than you are in now.
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Driving then heats up sounds like a radiator restriction.
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Only thing that makes me think its the water pump is the coolent pouring out the weep hole in the water pump. Thermostat opens and closes fine and isnt leaking. Stays within temp if i fill up the resivoir every 30 or so miles or go 75 mph or above, at speed it seems to last longer, up to 300 miles when i started on the trip.
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Oh, well you confirmed it with it leaking from the weep hole.
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leaking weep hole= bad pump.
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