the other night im driving home, and all of a sudden, this steam comes out of my hood, i look at the temp and its at 260.
i pull over, find some water near by, fill up the radiator water holder, and then drive home.
earlier in the week i had noticed that water was dripping out below the car.
i hadnt noticed i had lost that much coolant so i drove it that night where it overheated.
so today, my dad and i were looking at it, and we thought it was the lower radiator hose. i goto auto store, buy new one, replace the old one, and then start her up.
she doesnt leak until the car gets to about 150 degrees.
then it leaks decently, (almost a steady stream, but more like alot of drips). i turned off car and it still continues for awhile.
i think it is coming from directly in the middle on the bottom of the engine in the front, right around where the lower radiator hose connects, which is the water pump, right?
now what should i do, goto the dealer and see if thats the problem?
i would like to fix it myself if possible.
also, i have to replace the serpentine belt, so i might as well hit two birds with one stone. also, how much does a water pump cost, and how long will it take me to install? ( it took me about 20 minutes to change lower radiator hose), and if i do replace it myself, should i do it from the top or the bottom of the car?
my dad insists the top, although i think if i jack it up, itd be easier.
thanks guys, and sorry about the long ass post.