Driving along, and all of a sudden, the car starts squeeling.
Pull over and determine the sound is coming from the water pump.
Still pumping, and not getting hot, so I go straight home, and remove the pump. (after cool down)
When I take off the back cover of the WP,
I can see that the impeller has slid forward, and is scraping on the casting.
This "326"pump has less then 25 miles on it, and was just rebuilt by cardone.
Is it a faulty rebuild. or is there something else that would cause this?
It is a 350 HP corvette, with A/C.
And I must say, I was VERY MUCH "on it" when this happened.
Last time I changed this pump, I noticed (Assemb.manual) that there were 2 little washers missing form the A/C compressor bracket.
These 2 washers brought the A/C compressor pulley forward 1/64th"
Would that be enought to pull the WP shaft pulley forward?
I would think NO, but has anyone ever heard of this problem???
Installing a back-up 326 tonight.
Is this going to happen again, or was it just a bad pump bearing?