My mechanic said it's the water pump that is weak, I don't know how true is that
I bought the Gates TB kit (with their Made in China WP) and I soon came to regret it. The rest of the kit is still in my '05 but I had to go back in and remove their POS WP a couple years after the installation because it started making noise for several minutes after start-up...scared me to death that it was gonna seize up and take out the TB. I let out a sigh of relief after I had installed an Aisin WP and fired-up the engine for the first time....no noise...and still no noise three years later. I've had good luck with the NPW WP in my '98 CRV(installed six years ago without an issue) so I wouldn't hesitate to go with Aisin or NPW again.Is it a Gates water pump?
Well this was a close one. Wife had been complaining of a weird sound coming from the engine bay, as well as poor gas mileage. The only suspect part I had in the engine bay was the cheap Chinese-made Gates brand water pump I installed 40k miles prior (3-4 years ago). It was included in their...www.piloteers.org