So I was heading home today and while getting off the freeway I heard a squealing sound. I thought it was another car. I drove about a half mile to the next light and the whole vehicle started shaking then it just died as it came to a stop and steam came shooting from under the hood. When I got off to the side of the road there was a ton of coolant pouring out under the engine and the temperature was higher than normal.
I'm pretty sure it's the water pump. I'm trying to locate the weep or vent hole to see if the plug is indeed expelled. If it is that confirms that it's the water pump right? Obviously it could be a hose, but if the plug is gone or leaking then that's probably the problem? I've got the Haynes manual, but it only identifies the location on the 4cyl engine. I have a 6cyl 3.4L 5VZ-FE.
I've done the searches, but I can't seem to find anything. It seems there are a lot water pump issues right now. It must be the weather. If anyone has a picture or can describe where the hole is I'd really appreciate it.
Happy New Year to ME!