Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Yes, sure, there is a way. After you get the coolent and oil drained. As Paul said, you hafta do it anyway now. Just wiggle the impeller of the pump and if it wiggles at all, there is every chance that the front bearing of the pump is gone. Get all the seals as mentioned or a pump kit. That should also include the oil seal for the rear shaft as it passes into the oil pump area. That seal has to be bad for oil to get into the coolent via the pump. A new pump will have a metal impeller, whereas the origional was made of resin fibre. That will also be a clue about your pump.
Mother Honda is expensive, so if you are so inclined, and your pump's shaft is OK, then you can get a new pressure seal(bellows seal), and two new bearings and rebuild the old pump for about $25. Just do a search for water pump and there will be lots of info
Per Ardua Ad Astra
1997 GL1500SE--White Cloud
2001 GL1800----Blue Yonder