Water Pump Replacement
How to Replace a Water PumpA water pump is a critical part of your car's engine cooling system. Most waters pumps fail in one of two ways, either the input shaft seal fails allowing coolant to leak externally or the main shaft bearing fails allowing the main pump pulley to wobble and make a squeaking or grinding noise. Once the water pump has failed it must be replaced or permanent engine damage could occur. Here is a list of the tools needed to complete this job in most cases. Before we start make sure the car's engine is cold and the car is located on level ground with the parking brake set, also make sure you are wearing protective gloves, eyewear and clothing. Tools Needed to Complete this Job1. Hose clamp pliers2. Set of wrenches3. Set of socket wrenches and extensions4. Gasket scraper or cleaner5. Shop towels6. Gasket sealer7. Coolant catch pan8. Leverage BarParts needed:1. Water pump2. Water pump gasket (usually is included with the pump)3. Engine coolant4. Gasket sealer
Related Replacement Parts 1. Upper and lower radiator hoses2. Thermostat3. Serpentine drive belt4. Bypass hose
- Once the job is done to inspect the under carriage for leaks and the engine compartment for funny noises to ensue the job it done correctly.
- Flush radiator and cooling system while the water pump is has been removed form the engine.
- Test the engine cooling thermostat and replace if needed.
- Refill cooling system with new antifreeze.
- When removing the serpentine belt inspect the condition of the belt and replace if needed
- Check and replace the radiator hoses from the engine to the radiator