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    Hey guys, need a bit of help here. I drive a 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX. Have about 78,000 miles on it. Recently noticed that some smoke (white color, not black) was coming from under my hood. It only happens when I am stopped and there isn't a huge amount, but enough to notice.

    I asked a technician and he says I might need to repair my water pump and that he'd charge me $800. According to the maintenance schedule though, I shouldn't have to replace it until 105,000 miles. Any ideas what may be the problem? I did notice my engine coolant levels were low.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

    Mike

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    Find the leak. It's either coolant or oil; likely coolant from what you say. $800 is too much for just the water pump; although there is a lot of labour involved you are likely to find it cheaper elsewhere. Also, "might be" doesn't work. Ask around for a trusted shop and have them pressure test the cooling system (less than $100 if the leak is not immediately evident to them. If the leak is obvious to them, make sure you get a more reasonable estimate for repairs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike515 View Post
    Hey guys, need a bit of help here. I drive a 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX. Have about 78,000 miles on it. Recently noticed that some smoke (white color, not black) was coming from under my hood. It only happens when I am stopped and there isn't a huge amount, but enough to notice.

    I asked a technician and he says I might need to repair my water pump and that he'd charge me $800. According to the maintenance schedule though, I shouldn't have to replace it until 105,000 miles. Any ideas what may be the problem? I did notice my engine coolant levels were low.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

    Mike
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