2009 RAV4 Limited 40,000 miles Water Pump Issue


Asked by May 18, 2019 at 03:24 PM about the 2009 Toyota RAV4 Limited V6 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Question: Would you replace the water pump and drive belt now?
Backstory - I frequently drive round trip through the reservation in Utah and N Arizona to Flagstaff, AZ from Denver, CO. Yes, I drive in the blistering heat of the summer as well. The legal speed limit is 80 mph with hours of long flat stretches where 100 mph is common.
Recently, the Toyo tech told me that in observation he noticed the weep hole in my water pump (which is OEM) was rusty indicating that at some time in the past a bit of coolant had spewed out - also that he saw coolant splash on the drive belt. BTW - My RAV4 has a tow package.
The tech noted no pressure to replace it but wanted to draw my attention to it - which I appreciated.
In light of the above would you recommend changing the water pump out now? I have read that most Toyo pumps last to 80,000 miles but that's under normal driving circumstances. Thank you.

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