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Old 06-10-2010, 10:58 PM   #1
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Default 2008 Outlook Overheating

I have a 2008 Saturn Outlook front wheel drive V6 with just over 40,000 miles.
It is overheating.
The fans come one, the belt is good, the water pump spins with no abnormal noise. I can touch the upper radiator hose and it is cold to the touch when it overheats. I can touch the lower hose as well but the thermostat housing and its pipe are hot. I don't know Saturns but I am assuming the water pump and the thermostat housing are on opposite sides of the engine. Water pump is on the passenger side and thermostat is on the drivers side. Looks that way to me. Anyway, am I correct in assuming the darn thermostat is stuck closed?
I guess the water pump could have failed internally somehow but I think that may be a stretch.
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:39 AM   #2
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Default Re: 2008 Outlook Overheating

I am replying to my own post. After filling the cooling system with just water for testing I see that the pump is working but once I put the cap back on and let it get to 210 degrees the pump itself starts leaking. So I think I have my answer. The pump is spewing. Since the pump is fairly cheap I might as well replace it. Now my question is has anyone ever done a water pump on a 2008 Saturn Outlook? The darn thing is right behind the subframe rail. I think I might be able to pull the belt, and pulley and get to the bolts while it is in place.
Does anyone know if you have to pull motor mounts to do it or is it possible to do as it sit normal in the vehicle.
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Old 06-11-2010, 06:48 AM   #3
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Default Re: 2008 Outlook Overheating

Isn't yours in warranty?

According to the FSM; drain the coolant, remove the belt, the right side engine mount strut and bracket to have access to the water pump. Then a tool is used to hold the pump pulley to remove the pulley bolts before the pump can be unbolted.
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