Does this sound like a failing water pump?

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So my wife reported "the car is making an odd sound" when she drove it today (2010 V8, 180k km, new engine at ~80k km from LR).

I just went out and it is making a horrible screech-grinding nose from the fan area. Revved it a bit and no change in noise. Does this sound like the water pump bearings self-ingesting? Water pump replaced by my mechanic in 2021 at 145k km. If so, failure seems somewhat premature methinks.

Thanks in advance!

Quentin

 

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Update:
I grabbed the plastic fan and wiggled it hard. There does seem to be some wobble, so bad bearings / clutch?
 

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But the clutch bearing assembly will still be in place, so will presumably still make the noise?
 

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So if I remove the fan clutch assembly that still leaves the pulley in place. Is it not the pulley bearings that would be failing?
 

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The fan clutch itself can make noise too.

You can also take the belt off and manually turn each pulley. See which one feels rough.
 

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Found the problem!
The RH upper idler pulley bearing is shot.
Its totally off centre with just the belt tension holding it on
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