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DIY: Water Pumps

Most water pumps are pretty easy to change. With a little work, you can replace your water pump and save a ton of labor dollars. Plus you will get the satisfaction of saying "I did it myself!"
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» Part 1: Before You Start
» Part 2: Removal
» Part 3: Installation
» Part 4: When You're Done
 

What you will need:

  1. Open or box end wrenches.
  2. Ratchet wrench set with universal joint.
  3. Assorted screwdrivers.
  4. Drain pan.
  5. Gasket scraper.
  6. Wire brush.
  7. Water pump and gasket.
  8. Permatex #2 gasket sealer.
  9. New hose clamps.

Before You Start:

  • Follow these instructions carefully. Read and be sure you understand them before you begin.
  • Gather together all of your tools and supplies before you begin. Allow plenty of time to do the job so you don't have to hurry.
  • Remember that these are general instructions. For more detailed instructions pertaining to your specific vehicle, consult an appropriate repair manual.
  • Safety is important whenever you're working around machinery. Beware of hot objects, sharp instruments and hazardous materials.
  • Don't substitute tools unless you're sure you won't compromise either your safety or the performance of your vehicle.
  • Never work on a vehicle that is only supported by a jack. Use jack stands to support the vehicle while you work. Work on a solid, level surface. Never jack a car up on dirt or grass.
  • Let the engine cool.
  • Be sure the ignition is OFF and then remove the negative (grounded) battery cable from the battery with the puller after loosening the attaching bolt.
  • Compare the new water pump with your old one, noting the hub height, hose connections, and bolt holes to be sure that you have the correct replacement.

CAUTION!!!

Antifreeze has a sweet smell and taste. It is poisonous and should be kept out of reach of children and pets.

 Okay, let's get to work.

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» Part 1       » Part 2       » Part 3       » Part 4

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