Ducky (duckyass) wrote in seattle,

Water pump/cooling system repair

Okay, I know I've seen a similar question asked here before, but I was unable to locate anything in the memories section pertaining to my specific problem.

I recently have a cooling system failure, which resulted in my car completely dying at in intersection in Kent at 10:00 at night.  A co-worker of mine had her husband come down over the weekend and look at my car.  He was able to fix a few of the more obvious problems (like replacing the upper radiator hose, which had completely ruptured and torn down the length of the hose), and once he got the car to a point where it would actually run, he was able to pin-point the real problem:

My water pump is blown, and so the coolant just pours directly out of it and onto the street.  I need to get this replaced and the job was too invasive for him to do there in the parking lot.  So I have to take it to a shop. (he also recommended that I have the timing belt replaced)

My problem is that he estimated it would be about a 3-4 hour job, due to how sandwiched-in the water pump is in my car.  Add the cost of labor to the cost of the pump and the belt, I just don't imagine being able to afford this right away (I don't exactly have $200-$400 floating around at any given time).

My car is a 97 Hyundai Elantra SW(1.8L, AT)

Does anyone here of a place that would be in the Kent/Auburn/Covington area (or even Tukwila/Renton) that they'd recommend that wouldn't charge me an arm and a leg per hour?  Or possibly even a place that would have some sort of credit plan, so that I'd be able to make payments instead of paying it all at once?  Quality is just as important to me as price, so a place that had some sort of warranty would be preferable.

If anyone can help me out with this, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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