Thanks for the write-up, you saved me some serious coin. I have almost zero experience working on cars but I was able to pull this one off and change my belt at the same time (granted it took me a little longer than the time listed ).
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Im going to attempt this pretty soon, because my water pump is leaking pretty badly. Already ordered the new water pump.
Question: how "easy" does the water pump come out? Am I going to have to pry it out with elbow grease, or should it pull out fairly easy?
@24vGTiVR6, how did you use a bench vise to get it out?
it will come out easily... even the pulley will come off easily.. you might have to tap it a little to get it to come off the 1st time, but it does all come off easily..
I found it easy to lower the motor down and remove the lower 2 bolts and then raise it up as much as you can to access the upper bolt on the water pump itself..
all in all the 2nd time around I did my water pump in like 45 mins.. My 1st pump failed within like 3 months .. 1st time probably took me about an hour..
I am kind of curios as to what he is using a bench vice for now @ this point..... lol
I used the vice to hold the pump / pulley to get them separated, after the whole thing was removed from the car. If you have the 3 bolt pulley holder tool its a non issue, just loosen while holding the tool in place. I didn't have that at the time, so I took the whole thing out and used a vice to swap the pumps.
And my water pump (with the pulley) just slid right out, no effort at all really.
Just completed this and my thermostat/housing/crack pipe with very few issues! Solved all my cooling problems and running great! Only 1 pulley screw was a beast. Ended up dremeling a notch in it and using a flathead and hammer to break it free. Oh and one screw in thermostat housing snapped in the block below factory torque specs. I wasn't equipped to drill it so I just went with the two long bolts. No leaks, working great.