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No. Reusing the radiator cap (almost certainly) didn't cause the water pump failure. The advice to replace the cap is probably based on the logic that the cap is a relatively inexpensive part and renewing it helps to ensure the integrity of the pressurized cooling system. An independent mechanic will often try to use her/his judgment to balance cost and ...


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I recommend always to overhaul the engine when something like this takes place and not just add sealant. Doing so will give you another 200k miles. The process of overhauling is not as difficult and you may think. you will need a table grinder with a wire brush if you wan to just clean of any valves and not replace them. Pull the engine if possible and ...


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There must be a expansion tank connected to a radiator. If it is full of cooling liquid, it will force the water through the cap. The reason for expansion tank is to have a space where expanded water runs and compresses an air in the tank. If the pressure is too high, the cap will release a pressure by letting the liquid out. Why the pressure can be too ...


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If you have the 3vze/V6 engine, those are highly prone to headgasket failure to the point there was a factory recall, so that is a possible candidate. The exhaust cross-over tube behind the engine tends to overheat the rear cylinders, so that is typically where the headgasket failure occurs. You may be able to keep it limping along for a while but ...


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Step 1) check your oil. If there is water that will be an indication of an intake gasket or head gasket. I'll update this after you've relied with that. :) Thanks for your service! :D and welcome!



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