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PTO/Water Pump needs work. Just purchased car for a great price! Help me out!

Old 07-30-2014, 09:47 AM
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Talking PTO/Water Pump needs work. Just purchased car for a great price! Help me out!

Hey guys/ gals,

I just purchased a 2003 Mini Cooper S in great condition for a very good price. The reason for the good price is that the car overheating light came on on the recent owner so they had it towed home. They said they brought it to a garage and the mechanic claimed that the car would need a new supercharger and water pump which I find very hard to believe. I have yet to take the car apart yet as I need to trailer it to my house still, but I wanted to gain some input from some experienced individuals on what you think. When the person I bought it off of started it up to drive it up the drive way I heard the strange noise which sounded like the pto / water pump gears clinging a little bit. From what I read online I think that the oil may have leaked out of the PTO/water pump end causing the gears to slowly eat each other away eventually leaving the water pump useless. What do you think? Any advice is appreciated! If this is in fact the issue should I just replace the gears or switch to an electric water pump?

Thank you,
Old 09-06-2014, 09:31 PM
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I doubt it needs a new supercharger. I've read somewhere on this forum that a water pump gear is probably the culprit.
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