Do you have to lift the engine out of a 1999 oldsmobile alero to replace the water pump or is there a easier way the water pump went out of my alero and I heard u had to lift the engine out to access the water pump to replace it is this true or is there an easier way to get this done.
Disconnect negative battery cable. Drain cooling system. Loosen water pump pulley bolts. Remove accessory drive belt. Remove water pump pulley. Note locator tab near 12 o'clock position at top of water pump housing for installation reference. Remove water pump retaining bolts. Remove water pump and gasket.
Install water pump with NEW gasket, ensuring locator tab at top of water pump housing is positioned vertically. To complete installation, reverse removal procedure. Tighten bolts and nuts to specification.