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MG MGF Technical - Seized water pump?
|Car laid up over winter. Got the new battery on.|
When the car is started, there is a V loud sqealing from the right side of the engine accompanied by plumes of white smoke!
Is this a seized water pump?
|Check the alternator drive belt/alternator !!|
|Cheers Geoff. Is the access panel under the parcell shelf the way to go?|
Jeez, much easier on the midget. ;-)
|If the water pump had seized then it would have taken the teeth off the cam belt :-o but if the car continued to run it should be the drive belt, which runs the alternator or aircon(no PAS pump on the MGF)|
>Jeez, much easier on the Midget. ;-)
nope, in the midget you have to pull the engine out to get at the alternator :)
in the F you can get at the alternator from below, but IIRC the belt runs round an engine mount
|Lift the bootlid and shine a torch down 45 deg behind the RH Hinge.|
To change alternator or belt, access is thru a closing panel behind the RH rear wheel.
Will is changing the camshaft belt. No mounting removal for the alternator.
You could be lucky and have a heavy charge load for the new battery causing a slack belt to slip !!
|It may be that last one, Geoff. It has squeaked a bit in the past, but the motor-factor said the batt was fully charged.|
Gonna give it a go no, thanks for your help.
|White smoke? You may have had a pope in there.|
|Alt is well and truly seized. That'll teach me to not turn it over every few weeks over the winter.|
|if it were on the way there it would explain the slipping belt from before, so don't blame yourself too hard!|
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