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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Water Pump

Your water pump pushes coolant throughout the engine to aid in keeping it at operating temperature. It includes an impeller inside the engine's water channel that is driven by a pulley attached to the engine’s belt. Over time, the water pump gasket, impeller, or bearing in the water pump may fail, causing coolant leaks, engine overheating, or steam coming from under the hood. Before it fails, you may also notice squeaking from the water pump pulley. If your water pump has failed, visit O’Reilly Auto Parts for a replacement pump. We also carry the antifreeze, radiator hose, and serpentine belt you might need for a complete repair.

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Water Pump Problems of Jeep Grand Cherokee

4 Water Pump problem of the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 11/13/2020

My 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee started making a ticking noise the second time the default water pump was replaced 4 years ago in recall warranty and has made an audible ticking noise since then. Despite multiple complaints to two dealerships, in anniston, al and foley, al, I have been told the ticking was normal for the hemi 5. 7l engine. Three weeks ago, I took a Jeep for a routine oil change and the technician wrote on my multi-point inspection paperwork �noticed an audible ticking�. This technician has told me twice previously that this was normal and failed to mention to me personally while in the dealership. I only noticed he wrote it on my paperwork after I had left. I called and requested to speak with the technique concerning the ticking and I was told I would receive a call back and to this moment have never received a call. After researching online, I see this is a very common issue with the hemi 5. 7l engine however, Chrysler has failed to issue a recall to correct the default engines. The ticking speeds up when accelerating the vehicle. The vehicle has stalled two in the last two days. Once, in the driveway after the vehicle had be started and running for approximately three minutes. The second time, while driving down a busy highway and slowing for a car to turn ahead of me. I luckily was able to veer off the road to prevent an accident. Following this, my fcw turned off without warning and will not allow me to turn back on. Currently, my vehicle has an open recall to, again, replace the faulty fuel pump relay switch which has already been replaced three prior times, once by the Jeep dealership and twice by a private technician. This recall was issued a year ago and still does not have a remedy per the dealership. I travel frequently, at times 300 miles per day. My child travels with me and I fear the vehicle will fail while driving on a highway or interstate.

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5 Water Pump problem of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 08/13/2020

Vehicle losing coolant due to faulty water pump. Under normal driving conditions, the water pump does not hold up to normal vibration and use. I have taken it to a repair shop and they notified me that the water pump was back ordered and we were number 300 in line for a replacement. It is hard to believe that 300 people are waiting for the same water pump if there is not an issue. That is not including the number of stock that Jeep has already sold to be in back order.

6 Water Pump problem of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 06/04/2020

Tl- the contact owns a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, white smoke began to emit from the engine as the battery light illuminated. After some time, the contact was able to restart the vehicle and drive it to eastchester Chrysler Jeep Dodge ram(4007 boston rd, the bronx, NY 10466). The dealer initially diagnosed the vehicle with a defective water pump and thermostat. Seeking a second opinion, the contact was then able to drive the vehicle to a nearby independent mechanic who then diagnosed the vehicle with a defective alternator. The alternator was repaired by the mechanic. The failure mileage was approximately 115,000. Upon investigation,the contact also discovered that her vehicle had been placed under NHTSA campaign number :19v813000(electrical system) however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer had not been notified of the recall. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms that parts not available. Jo.

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7 Water Pump problem of the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 02/01/2020

Have has to replace water pump 4 times for leaking. Replaced 2 power steering pumps. Transmission and slipped and chirped since I bought it. Noticed metal shaving in my oil.

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8 Water Pump problem of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 01/28/2020

I am the owner of a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited. I was transporting my daughter to school on January 28, 2020 travelling at a speed of 45-50mph. A message appeared on my dashboard prompting me to put the vehicle in park and push start/stop. My vehicle begin to stall and just as it was slowing down abruptly shut off in the middle of traffic. When I attempted to restart the vehicle, the vehicle would not start. I was left sitting in traffic fearing for me and my daughter's life as cars continue to drive pass at high speed or driving closing behind my vehicle before realizing that we were at a standstill. I attempted to restart the vehicle and it did not start. I called my automobile insurer who connected me with a tow company to have the vehicle transported to the car dealer for a diagnostic check. Based on the diagnostic review, I was advised that my 2018 Jeep cherokee has a failed ac compressor which caused the starter to fail internally and my water pump is leaking. My car was just taken to the dealership for the recommended service on January 2, 2020. It seems to me that some of this could have been detected during the scheduled maintenance since the report indicates that a full inspection was performed. During the scheduled maintenance service on January 2, I got an oil change and the air filter was replaced. After reading the other reviews I am fearful for my life now while driving this vehicle knowing that it could stop anytime and anywhere. Out of safety precautions I thought it would be beneficial to post this as a safety problem god forbid anything happens in the future.

9 Water Pump problem of the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 12/15/2019

Engine coolant leak. Had to replace the turbo water feed tube located under the intake manifold. The tube has approximate 3" rubber line which is exposed to high temperatures and over time fails, requiring replacement. Repair cost of $1101. 72. After replacing the hose and completing the repair, I still had a coolant leak. This time it appeared to be the water pump. I went to the dealer to get the purchase the pump and there was a mechanic note stating to check the water pump seals as it is known to have a pinched seal which causes leakage. To replace the seals, the mechanic has to remove the intake manifold and the covers in front of the water pump before the pump can be removed (labor intensive). Up until I had the vo8 recall I did not experience any problems. I also recently had a service def system alert. When I spoke with the mechanic he stated are you having coolant leakage and I said yes. The mechanic said it sounds like your turbo is about to fail. This is when I identified there is a vo1 recall.

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10 Water Pump problem of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 08/01/2019

Tl-the contact owns a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the water pump was leaking and was vehicle was un-driveable. The engine and ES warning light were illuminated. The vehicle was taken to south chicago Dodge Chrysler Jeep 7340 s western Ave, chicago, IL 60636 (773) 476-7800 where diagnosed that the water pump needed to be replaced however the parts were on back order. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted who referred to the local dealer and provided case number 64535122 the failure mileage was 66,670, ap.

11 Water Pump problem of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 06/22/2019

My engine light has decided to light up in my Jeep randomly one day after starting it. After scanning it, it shows code p0522. The research I have done has shown it usually shows the oil light when it is that code. So as a result, I have had my oil changed again and I have ordered a oil pressure sensor/sender hoping that will fix all my problems which will be installed next Sunday (7/7/2019). I also had to change the water pump because it had a crack in it, the thermostat just for precautionary measures, and the belt because it had a tear in it about half the size of the width. All of this to try to figure out the problem with the engine light and the scanner showing the code p0522. So we will see if that actually fixes the problem.

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12 Water Pump problem of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 10/06/2018

The vehicle has now had it's 3rd water pump replacement, Jeep has put a warranty extension on the water pump's for the 13-17 model years and I have a 2012 with the same effected part and Jeep refuse's to pay for something they know its a problem, they won't do anything for me and I have had to have it fixed by an independent repair shop. The warranty extension is x73 from Jeep.

13 Water Pump problem of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 11/07/2017

I purchased this Jeep 2nd hand, the Jeep dealership told me that there is a "problem" in the hvac system. Many 2011 Grand Cherokee owners have told me they have had similar problems. My problems resulted in an overheating, small smoke/fire related problem, which I quickly stopped. Over the past 3 years, repair costs have been approx $8,000--(I have repair invoices, I'll attach some, but they are too numerous to scan and attach all now. Will follow up with them if necessary). The following all replaced at my expense: 1). . . Replaced the entire a/c system, including the condenser and all associated parts for heating/cooling, including lines carrying freon, 2). . . Replaced the water pump, 3). . . Replaced the blend doors and actuators three times--(twice parts under warranty). But, this was only a temporary fix. The problems reoccurred several weeks after repairing. 4). . . A month ago the dealer replaced the heater core, and it's housing, claiming that the housing was melted by the heater core. 5). . . The result of regularly overheating--(coolant temperatures between 226-230-f), coolant has continuously been leaking on all parts below/around the leaks on the front passenger side, causing abnormal corrosion. These issues have been happening for the last 3 years, when the car is stationary or moving, city or highway driving.

14 Water Pump problem of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 06/02/2017

The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While the vehicle was stationary with the engine running, the vehicle would not turn off when prompted. The contact stated that the vehicle began to smoke due to fan that continued to run. On one occasion, the vehicle stalled without warning and lost power completely. Mike smith Jeep of beaumont, texas attempted to repair the vehicle numerous times, but the failure continued. The water pump was replaced after the coolant oil began leaking into the pump. In addition, the traction control indicator illuminated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures and instructed the dealer to check the tipm; however, the failures recurred even after numerous repairs. The failure mileage was 114,000.

15 Water Pump problem of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 07/04/2016

During driving car began making noise and temperature began to rise. Dealer says water pump has failed, causing potential overheating. Parts are on backorder. Per dealer, (sansone Jeep, avenel NJ) 150 water pumps are on backorder. Vehicle is in possession of dealer for 1 week at time of this complaint. Vehicle has 28k miles and always serviced by dealer. Large number of backordered parts indicates significant volume of repairs and likely design flaws.

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16 Water Pump problem of the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 05/20/2016

The contact owns a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that the temperature gauge lever on the instrument panel was high for the water pump. The warning light kept randomly illuminating. The dealer was notified of the failure, scheduled an appointment, and later stated that the part was on back order. There were 1,700 parts that were not received so the contact was placed on a waiting list. The contact was unable to determine when the part would be supplied to the dealer for months and when the vehicle would be repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was not available.

17 Water Pump problem of the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 04/14/2016

I was driving 15 to 20 minutes from home and my check engine came on. I immediately took it to my local gas station (25 yrs relationship) and the car stalled while close to the station losing all steering power. The owner took a look and said give me 24hrs to diagnose. The next day he showed me what happened. . . . The water-pump internal bearing has broken causing the shaft to move back and forth causing the internal water-pump flywheel to break apart. This caused the water pump to dump all the coolant on the ground within 15 to 20 minutes. Final diagnosis was the engine seized due to lack of coolant pumping thru the engine. A new engine was the only solution. I can understand the water-pump having minor leaks with gradual leakage . . . This would have been caught by the puddles under the engine but not the rapid drainage I experienced. I reach out to Jeep hotline. . . . Told the story and was willing to provide photos and physical parts for their qa and rd department to evaluate for design flaw. They were not interested and told me sorry out of warranty. . . And gave me no support or directions to send photos or physical parts. I'm concerned about other drivers who may experience this situation where death and injury may occur. I tried to attach 5 photo below. . . Let me know if all 5 came thru. Thanks for your support. Remember all the failure was inside the sealed water-pump so corrosion and potential external rust issue was not a factor. Thanks in advance . . . . . . . Warren m. Ziegler.

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18 Water Pump problem of the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 12/30/2015

The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v438000 (electrical system). The vehicle received a recall repair; however, approximately two miles from the dealer, the vehicle began to shake and fumes emitted through the air vents. The contact was unable to drive the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the water pump and timing belt needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.

19 Water Pump problem of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 12/25/2014

Serpentine belt failed causing loss of power steering. I did not realize what had broken until I looked later, but I was lucky that I was very close to home as it could have caused major engine failure since the belt also drives the water pump and alternator.

20 Water Pump problem of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 12/05/2014

My vehicle is having issues starting/stalling, and sounds like the water pump and/or alternator is failing. I went to the dealership and they said this is all tied to p54/NHTSA 14v-530. The tipm parts are not available to fix this issue, and have not been available since I received the first recall notice back in October 2014. The dealership said the parts are not going to be available for weeks, possibly months. I called Jeep/Chrysler and they also said that is the cause of my problems and they have no date that recall replacement/correction parts will be available. I asked them what I should do since I'm driving a vehicle that doesn't want to start (takes multiple attempts), that stalls out, and that other components under the hood are being affected. They said they will not cover any towing, or rental costs, and had no guidance on what to do besides "good luck". This is a serious issue, I can become stranded, the car could stall (potentially while driving and this car is always on highway high speed driving), and I now have other parts under the hood that this issue is taxing (alternator, battery, water pump, and I could only imagine what else). What am I supposed to do that I'm forced to drive a vehicle with a recall that is not safe to drive? I can't even pay to get this fixed, there is no solution at this time. I don't understand how the vehicle is not recalled entirely and taken off the road, or that if people are experiencing this issue there is no recourse. No free towing, no rental cars ready, no ability to trade in or buy a new vehicle. Nothing. I'm not sure what to do next, get a lawyer? contact bbb? please let me know as I don't see how this is legal, I'm being forced to drive a vehicle with a manufacturing defect that is dangerous. Thank you anthony sanzari 201. 310. 1518 email: [email protected] Com.

21 Water Pump problem of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 08/06/2013

After taking my new Jeep into dealer because the "check engine" light came on, I was told that there were 16 stored codes but they could find no problem and the computer was reset. Two days later the check engine light again came on. I took back to the dealership and was told "there is a leak in the fuel tube" we have to replace it but we will have to order the part; we don't have it in stock. I was told "it is safe to drive". . . A leak in the fuel tube-what the heck is leaking-is safe. Ok, but two trips to the dealer with less than 2,500 miles is a bit much. I have a 2006 Jeep, same make/model that had 1st major repair (water pump) at 145,000 miles. . . . So much for improved models. I am very concerned that this is a harbinger of future issues.

22 Water Pump problem of the 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 01/05/2013

The contact owns a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that white smoke emitted from the engine compartment. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the water pump and head gasket were defective and needed to be replaced. The components were replaced but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 198,000 and the current mileage was 199,400.

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23 Water Pump problem of the 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 10/27/2010

I have a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee that stalls. Hot or cold, night or day, idling at a light or going 75mph down the interstate. I have had the fuel pump replaced, the fuel system cleaned, the O2 sensor replaces, the water pump replaced, the crank sensor replaced, the map sensor replaced, and the ignition coil replaced (I do still have the old ignition coil). It's in the shop now, and after doing some online research, I have found hundreds of people having the same problem, most of them being charged an outrageous amount of money by Jeep dealers who, ultimately, do not fix the problem. I would not be so concerned, but like many Jeep owners, I have small children. The problem started almost a year ago, happens daily, and if it should happen on a busy road or highway when I am going 60+mph, I am concerned about my safety and that of my kids.

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24 Water Pump problem of the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 06/01/2010

Originally having issues slowing down going around corners and up a steep incline. Felt like vehicle was staying in higher gear, you could down shift it manually. At that time there were no codes present in the system. Then last year in August 2011 we did a cross county trip (7000 miles) vehicle would stall at both low speed and high speeds, not every day. Sometimes vehicle would restart itself and others the key had to be removed and reinserted, but most times not. The weather did not seem to be a factor. Upon return vehicle had approx 45,000 miles, codes retreived from vehicle were multiple. Active codes: b2105, c121c pending code: p0524 stored codes p0129, p0688, p0884. At 35,000 miles new oem spark plugs and water pump (due to coolant leak) with new antifreeze. Vehicle is serviced regularly every 3,000 miles since new. Since 45,000 miles all related circuits and components have been inspected and checked for proper operation. New crank sensor and electrical ignition switch. Code b2105 keeps recurring even without stall. All wiring connections and grounds have been cleaned and checked, new battery at 36,000. Had vehicle to dealer and they said they may not be able to find problem. We have stopped driving this vehicle even though we are still paying for it because we feel that it is not safe. My husband has 40 years as certified automotive mechanic and is very frustrated with this vehicle.

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25 Water Pump problem of the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 12/24/2009

I drove through some heavy rain at approximately 3 p. M. On December 24, 2009. My 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee quit. I had to have it December 28, 2009 I had it towed to an independent shop. Over the christmas week end, two mechanics advised the engine had hydrolocked. The shop owner advised that it had hydrolocked. Then after filing an insurance claim, he advised it was not watert but he did not know what caused it. I went to the dealership and talked to a service adviser and she advised it had hydrolodged, a common occurrence, covered by insurance. Then, after I took it there the insurance adjuster wanted the engine torn down at my expense. It was supposed to take one day and it took four. The mechanic advised it was not water but he did not know what caused it. He advised the service adviser it damaged the starter, the water pump, the first piston, numerous valve springs, and cracked the block. This is an unsafe vehicle. It can not be driven in water. In July and October it stalled in water and started again. This Jeep has a mercedes engine and transmission and a european battery. It was not disclosed when I bought it. The battery can not be jumped. I had to have it towed the night the battery quit, from a rural area. It is not a mopar product. I have the original battery. The original parts are at the dealership with the Jeep. I complained to the corporate office and they did not care.

28 Water Pump problem of the 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Failure Date: 05/13/1999

I have had the following failures: fuel guage/ brakes (3) times/engine mount, and water pump, brought the vehicle in (5) times before they fixed the transmission, rear windshield wipers quit working, and then restarted. Also cd player died. Is this a lemon?.

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How much does it cost to replace a water pump on a Jeep Grand Cherokee?

The average cost for a Jeep Grand Cherokee water pump replacement is between $400 and $449. Labor costs are estimated between $187 and $236 while parts are priced at $212.

How do you change a water pump on a Jeep?

  1. Step 1 – Disconnect your battery.
  2. Step 2 – Remove the serpentine belt.
  3. Step 3 – Remove the water pump pulley.
  4. Step 4 – Remove the water pump.
  5. Step 5 – Replace the new gasket.
  6. Step 6 – Install new water pump.
  7. Step 7 – Replace water pump pulley and serpentine belt.
  8. Step 8 – Top off your coolant levels.

What are the worst years for Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Owners have submitted 10,819 complaints for all Jeep vehicles, and Car Complaints found that the worst models are all either Jeep Grand Cherokees or Jeep Cherokees. The worst model years are the 2011 Grand Cherokee, 2015 Grand Cherokee, 2014 Grand Cherokee, 2015 Cherokee, and 2014 Cherokee.

Are Jeep Cherokee Trailhawks good cars?

The Trailhawk is our favorite Cherokee because it offers an appealing combination of standard equipment and serious off-road capability. With the Trailhawk, you can get the optional 2.0-liter turbo engine with more power and better fuel economy over the V6. This week, we tested a trail-rated 2020 Cherokee Trailhawk.

Is a Jeep Cherokee a reliable car?

The Jeep Cherokee Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 26 for compact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $520 which means it has lower than average ownership costs.

How many miles can a Jeep Cherokee go on a full tank?

With the help of the standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine, the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee can take you a long way on a tank of gas. This model has a gas mileage of 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. That gives this model an approximate maximum driving range of 639 miles with its 24.6-gallon fuel tank.

How much does it cost to fill a Jeep Cherokee with gas?

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Annual Fuel Cost*$2,150
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Are Jeep Cherokee good on gas?

The Cherokee has among the worst fuel economy in its compact-crossover and SUV segment, according to both the EPA and our real-world testing. The most fuel efficient version features the turbocharged four-cylinder that tops out at 23 mpg city and 31 highway.

How many miles can a 2000 Jeep Cherokee go on a full tank?

On average it must go at least 330–340 miles. But if you are going on a long flat drive, then it must go 400+ in a full tank. But this is just an average that it should go like that.

How many miles can a Jeep go on low fuel?

Jeep. Jeep vehicles can go at least 45 miles before adding gas to the tank. Depending on the model, each has 2 to 3 gallons of fuel remaining.

How many miles do I have left on my Jeep Grand Cherokee?

That’s located on your Fuel Economy Screen. Look for the Gas Can with the “i” superimposed on it. Your Distance to Empty will be at the bottom left of the speedometer. Press and release the UP or DOWN arrow button until the Fuel Economy icon is highlighted.


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Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine Water Pump Replacement

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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee

3.7L V6 65th Anniversary Edition • 107,432 miles

North Las Vegas ,  NV 89031

$333 - $407

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2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee

4.0L L6 • 180,000 miles

Las Vegas ,  NV 89107

$428 - $524

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1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

5.2L V8 Laredo • 238,982 miles

Oakland ,  CA 94619

$354 - $432

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1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee

5.2L V8 • 100,000 miles

Oakland ,  CA 94605

$371 - $453

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3.6L V6 • 70,000 miles

Surprise ,  AZ 85374

$673 - $823

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4.0L L6 • 160,000 miles

Tempe ,  AZ 85281

$347 - $424

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6.4L V8 SRT • 55,896 miles

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$344 - $420

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5.7L V8 • 144,000 miles

San Jose ,  CA 95127

$408 - $498

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5.7L V8 • 120,955 miles

Gilbert ,  AZ 85234

$371 - $453

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What is an Engine Water Pump?

The engine water pump is arguably the most important part of the cooling system. Let’s get one thing straight before you get a little confused: though it’s called an engine water pump, it’s not exclusively pumping water. Usually, the water pump is actually pumping coolant through the engine.

While going through the engine, the coolant absorbs the heat that the engine is created as it works. Kind of like your water at the gym, right? The coolant then passes through the radiator, where the heat is removed from the liquid, allowing it to cool down again, so it can absorb more heat, and keep this happy process rolling along. The engine water pump makes sure that this process keeps on keeping on. This component is necessary for the proper functioning of your car’s cooling system, which is really important.

How important? Imagine working out in a sauna without any water, and tell me how long you can go before you start to break down…

Most water pump’s last a good amount of time, but wear and tear can cause them to eventually die, at which point they’ll need to be replaced.

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Symptoms of a failing Engine Water Pump

Overheating engine

Without that exchange of heat, the temperature of the coolant will rise and rise. And as it does, it will fail to absorb heat from the engine and the timing belt, causing the temperature to rise and rise and eventually overheat. So, if you notice a rising temperature needle from your thermostat connected to your dashboard, don’t ignore it.

Warning lights

Warning lights are there for a reason. And no, the reason isn’t to annoy you. They’re there to warn you when something’s wrong, like an overheating engine or problem in your radiator or pump. Keep your eye open for a warning light telling you that the coolant or overall system is hotter than they should be.


Sweating is good for you, but not good for the water pump. Keep a watchful eye out for any leaks under your car coming from the pump. This is general advice, not just water pump advice. But if you notice a leak pooling under your car, it could be your coolant, which tends to smell a little fishy, or sometimes a little sweet. That could be the result of a water pump that didn’t show up to work or a radiator that needs to be replaced

Funky noises and sights

A failing water pump could start making a whining noise. Yes, it’s going to be annoying. But the pump is just calling on you for help, so be kind and listen. You can also sometimes visibly spot a busted water pump. If the pulley that is attached to the pump is looking a little loose, that might be a sign that it’s time for replacement. Additionally, steam coming from the engine could also be a tell-tale sign.

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How urgent is an Engine Water Pump replacement?

To put it simply, we humans get uncomfortable and start to feel worn out when we’re exposed to high temperatures for a long period of time. So does your car. If we can’t stand being hot for too long, neither can our cars.

Ignoring a water pump replacement can lead to catastrophic failure, which leads to a big ol’ dent in your wallet. You don’t want that. Get the pump replaced as soon as possible.

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Water Pump Replacement Service

How much does a Water Pump Replacement cost?

On average, the cost for a Jeep Grand Cherokee Water Pump Replacement is $230 with $106 for parts and $123 for labor. Prices may vary depending on your location.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2008 Jeep Grand CherokeeV8-6.1LService typeWater Pump ReplacementEstimate$570.10Shop/Dealer Price$678.88 - $964.73
1993 Jeep Grand CherokeeV8-5.2LService typeWater Pump ReplacementEstimate$456.41Shop/Dealer Price$549.91 - $796.63
2006 Jeep Grand CherokeeV8-5.7LService typeWater Pump ReplacementEstimate$534.10Shop/Dealer Price$642.91 - $928.78
2016 Jeep Grand CherokeeV6-3.6LService typeWater Pump ReplacementEstimate$1414.23Shop/Dealer Price$1747.15 - $2712.20
1996 Jeep Grand CherokeeV8-5.2LService typeWater Pump ReplacementEstimate$456.41Shop/Dealer Price$549.94 - $796.66
2007 Jeep Grand CherokeeV6-3.7LService typeWater Pump ReplacementEstimate$447.22Shop/Dealer Price$534.31 - $755.02
2005 Jeep Grand CherokeeV6-3.7LService typeWater Pump ReplacementEstimate$456.22Shop/Dealer Price$543.07 - $763.59
2018 Jeep Grand CherokeeV8-6.4LService typeWater Pump ReplacementEstimate$895.38Shop/Dealer Price$1094.17 - $1651.29

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What is a water pump and how does it work?

The water pump is a belt or chain-driven engine accessory bolted to the engine above the crankshaft pulley. The pump housing has an impeller that circulates engine coolant through the cooling system passageways in the engine block and cylinder head, on to the radiator, where the coolant temperature is reduced. . The lower temperature coolant then flows back to the water inlet on the engine and the water pump continues the cycle.

When to consider replacing the water pump:

  • Coolant leaks or overheating. The water pump impeller shaft is supported by a bearing. Eventually, the bearing or seal can wear and leak or damage the impeller. Many water pumps have weep holes near the pump bearing. If you see significant leakage from that weep hole, it is time to replace the pump.
  • Bearing roughness or noise. If the water pump shaft does not turn smoothly or the pump is noisy, the bearing is excessively worn. Pump replacement will be necessary.
  • Timing belt replacement. In engines where the water pump is driven by the timing belt, it is a good idea to replace the water pump at the same time the timing belt is replaced. The extensive work explains why it is always recommended to replace the water pump whenever the mechanic already has these components removed for regularly scheduled timing belt replacement.

How do mechanics replace the water pump?

  • The water pump is usually bolted to the front of the engine. The replacement procedure will vary depending on whether the pump is driven by the timing belt, the serpentine belt, or chain.
  • On a cold engine, the engine coolant is drained to a level below the water pump.
  • Components that require removing to access the water pump are removed, including the belt or chain that directly drive the pump.
  • The bolts holding the pump to the engine are removed and the pump is pulled out.
  • The gasket surface must be cleaned and the pump mounting surface inspected. A new gasket, rubber seal, or RTV sealant, as required, is installed and then the new pump. The bolts are torqued in sequence using a calibrated inch pound torque wrench.
  • For applications where the water pump is driven by the timing belt, the timing belt must be removed. Typically, this requires removal of the crankshaft pulley, timing belt covers, and timing belt tensioner. Once the new pump is installed, new coolant is added back while bleeding the cooling system of any air. The engine is then run and brought to normal operating temperature to check for leaks and ensure normal operating temperature.

Is it safe to drive with a water pump problem?

No. Should the water pump only leak a little bit, you can drive the car. However, a small leak could suddenly enlarge or the pump bearing might unexpectedly seize. Either circumstance would likely cause engine overheating. If a defective water pump causes the overheating, it is not safe to drive because of the damage to the engine.

When replacing the water pump keep in mind:

  • It is best to install a new cooling system thermostat when you install a new water pump, especially if the thermostat is old or original.
  • Completely flushing the cooling system is a good idea when you replace the water pump. Flushing can be done before or after pump replacement.
  • The rest of the cooling system should be inspected too — particularly rubber hoses, which have a limited lifetime.

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