Water Pump Failure Poll - Part 2 (GXP) - Pontiac Solstice Forum
View Poll Results: Have you had a water pump failure?
Yes, GXP, Over 50k Miles, Driven Year 'Round 2 5.71%
Yes, GXP, Over 50k Miles, Stored for Several Months Annually 1 2.86%
Yes, GXP, Under 50k Miles, Driven Year 'Round 2 5.71%
Yes, GXP, Under 50k Miles, Stored for Several Months Annually 3 8.57%
No, GXP, Over 50k Miles, Driven Year 'Round 5 14.29%
No, GXP, Over 50k Miles, Stored for Several Months Annually 5 14.29%
No, GXP, Under 50k Miles, Driven Year 'Round 6 17.14%
No, GXP, Under 50k Miles, Stored for Several Months Annually 11 31.43%
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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-30-2018, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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Water Pump Failure Poll - Part 2 (GXP)

I recently had an issue with my 2013 Equinox that at first appeared to be a water pump failure, but I later found it to be a clogged PCV orifice.
When I called my mechanic to schedule a replacement he told me that he had never replaced a water pump on an Ecotec engine, and he services a very large number of them.
Since all of the Ecotecs (as far as I can tell) use the same pump, I started to wonder why this group has so many failures when the larger vehicle population does not.
My best guess is that many of our cars will spend months in storage every year, and maybe that contributes to the problem, and I am hoping this poll may shed some light on the subject.
I am posting the same poll on the Sky forum, so it would help for you to reply to one or the other but not both.
I also had to split this poll into two because I didn't have enough options here. NAs will be polled in the previous poll.

If you have more than one, vote the status of one of them, then post a reply with the status of the second third or fourth ones, and I'll add them manually when the poll ends.

The point of the poll is to see if storage affects the life of the water pump, so history is likely to be more important than current activity. If your car was stored for several years, but is active now, vote "stored".
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I'm not sure which way to vote... my 2008 spent it's first 10 years in Michigan, hidden in a barn for six months out of the year (11k miles on the odometer) - but now in it's second life with me in California, it will be driven year-round on any sunny blue sky day. I have a feeling that my situation is not unique as many Kappas have migrated to southern climates over the years.

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@Greatgab : I think that your car would be classified as "Stored Annually".

The point of the poll is to see if storage affects the life of the water pump, so history is likely to be more important than current activity. If I repeat the poll in 10 years you may have to vote differently.
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I voted accordingly...

2008 GXP Aggressive Red - SOL LVR - Trifecta custom switchable tune - DDM CAI/charge tubes/silicone hoses - Werks IC - Solo Hi-flow Cat/Mach Shorty exhaust - DDM Probeam/Backbone/Venom brace - Sprint Booster - Short throw shifter - Full LED conversion w/pulsating third brake light and sequential turn signals - SaddlX & GearTripR center console - Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
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How can we vote if we have two? I voted for my highest mileage gxp but second has half the mileage. Neither has required water pump replacement.

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How can we vote if we have two? I voted for my highest mileage gxp but second has half the mileage. Neither has required water pump replacement.
Well, you can't. Because I didn't click the "Pick multiple options" box when I set this up.

If you have more than one, vote the status of one of them, then post a reply with the status of the second third or fourth ones, and I'll add them manually when the poll ends.

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My car started throwing the low coolant error on long/tilted corners (off/on ramps) at about 52k miles. Multiple checks of the pump since then (56k miles) make it all seem like a sensor vs. the pump itself failing.
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Add one GXP with 30,000 mi. Stored 6 months each year. Original water pump still and hopefully for many more miles.

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09 Aggressive GXP Coupe 4-16-14, #577, Auto,soft top,Red calps,GM tune,GM acc whls,Conti Xtreme contact tires,pulsing 3rd light,red eng cover, DDM susp set,SOLO center Exh, Norm Valance
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crap - I screwed up - I put a 'yes over 50k' when it should have been a 'no over 50k'
for my yellow/mean coupe.

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I can not vote twice but my gxp convertible is 'no under 50k'

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My car started throwing the low coolant error on long/tilted corners (off/on ramps) at about 52k miles. Multiple checks of the pump since then (56k miles) make it all seem like a sensor vs. the pump itself failing.

did you add any coolant ?

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crap - I screwed up - I put a 'yes over 50k' when it should have been a 'no over 50k'
for my yellow/mean coupe.

sorry

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I can not vote twice but my gxp convertible is 'no under 50k'
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Stored or driven?

Stored or driven?
both 'driven'

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both 'driven'
OK Thanks. I'll make the corrections.

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did you add any coolant ?
Not the first time. This past month (before prepping for winter) I actually let the dealer flush the entire system. They (and I) did not believe it was low but it was worth having done.
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