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post #1 of 8 Old 08-11-2019, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Water Pump Failure

My water pump froze 0.9 miles from my house last night. The engine overheated rapidly and I quickly pulled it into a friend's lot. Would it be too dangerous to drive it home to replace the water pump?


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post #2 of 8 Old 08-11-2019, 09:52 AM
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Once it's cooled, I doubt it would get hot enough in .9 miles to overheat unless there's stoplights along the way.

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Why take the chance of additional motor damage? Chances are you have towing coverage on your insurance policy. Have the rig towed home, pay the bill, turn in the receipt to your insurance agent and get reimbursed. Otherwise get one of your buddies to tow you home. Remember, the engine has overheated once. You might also consider changing the water pump while you have the Jeep sitting where it is at now.


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post #4 of 8 Old 08-11-2019, 10:15 AM
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My water pump froze 0.9 miles from my house last night. The engine overheated rapidly and I quickly pulled it into a friend's lot. Would it be too dangerous to drive it home to replace the water pump?
Mick,
WAS the engine knocking or clattering or making weird noises?.. aside from the squeal.
hopefully not...
you say she is less than a mile away... as long as she is cold from sitting all night, and there is still coolant in her, here is what I would do...
1- take bottle of coolant with me,
2- top up radiator and return bottle
3 remove the drive belt,(so it wont squeal or get ruined) it won't charge the batt. with belt off...

4- jump in and (do not warm her up) quickly drive home...
this should work, but IT'S YOUR DECISION...
I WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO THE VEHICLE......
GOOD LUCK...
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-11-2019, 12:05 PM
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If you have a tow strap and a buddy, that's what I'd do being so close. If the vehicle is cold, it likely could make it, but it's a bit risky.

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post #6 of 8 Old 08-11-2019, 01:55 PM
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Open the door, grab onto the Jeep and push it home. Great exercise.
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post #7 of 8 Old 08-11-2019, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the responses. I decided to not drive it home. It is a steep climb that gains 140 feet of elevation up to my house from where it was.


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post #8 of 8 Old 08-11-2019, 02:36 PM
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Would have been fine, but that's assuming you did no damage in the overheating episode. Otherwise 3 to 4 miles is doable.

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