Water pump? Loose belt? Battery draining? Help?



Terrible Squeeking from serpentine belt area on my '83 Volvo GL. The high pitched sound comes and goes when driving. Lubricating the belt did nothing. Went to Schucks. They heard a “metal on metal” sound from the belt area where the water pump is and suggested replacing the water pump.

In addition to this sound the car won’t start after a long period of not running. I have to jump start it and it will work for awhile. Schucks guy said this may be due to the short trips I take (~5min.) and the alternator doesn’t have time to charge the battery. He checked the voltage of the battery and alternator which were normal, except the charge on the battery was very low. I believe something is draining the battery.

They said these two problems are unrelated, ones electrical and I need to see a mechanic about it, the other is something I could do, replace the water pump. I bought a new water pump. Should I replace the old one? Opinions please.


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