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Posted by dho (more from dho) on Mon, 15 Aug 2022 11:45:16 Share Post by Email
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My 08 9-5 appears to be leaking coolant from the water pump AGAIN. This was replaced twice by a well respected shop , most recently in 10/2020 about 15K miles ago after the first one lasting 30K miles. I had a coolant level message after about 250 mile trip and after checking with a pressure tester I see drips on the rear right of the subframe and the first exhaust hanger near the catalytic converter. I checked all the usual suspects like the coolant bypass valve/hoses(it's been decommissioned with the vacuum unplugged and capped for years), radiator hoses and radiator itself. I'm assuming it's leaking somewhere near the WP/block area. What's going on here ? IS the shop missing something ? Am I missing something obvious ? I pulled the turbo heat shield and probed with an inspection camera around the area and I don't see any coolant pooled or stains that are obvious.
I'm not super happy about eating another $500 in labor for a third time from the same shop. I'll most likely not return to the original shop and try a second place( much smaller Saab place) in town that I have used for some other needs. Last time(3 years the WP as replaced the quote FROM THE SECOND SHOP for the parts/labor was less than the labor I paid at the original shop.
This is my wife's car and when I mentioned I might attack it I got the death stare.

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