Ever since buying my base 2000 v70 I have been a little paranoid about the water pump.
My old mechanic told me he always does the water pump on p80's when he does the timing belt, as he has had a couple of p80's over the years where the water pumps have seized, taking out the belts and killing the engine.
On my car, the seller did the timing belt right before I bought it, but neglected to replace the water pump.
Any thoughts on what the warning signs might be if it is time to replace the pump?
My former mechanic suggested that if it were his car, he'd probably drive it until 100k miles or so (timing belt was done at 75k 2.5 years ago, I'm at ~85k now) and then replace the water pump. He suggests never reusing the timing belt if you take the belts apart, so he would do that at the same time.
I'm thinking he was probably being a little bit overly paranoid (that was just his way) but at the same time I don't want to completely disregard any potential water pump issues.
So, any thoughts on signs or symptoms I should be looking or listening for, or any recommendations going forward would be greatly appreciated.
It's a great little car. Would be a shame to kill the engine.