A local shop confirmed for me that I have a small leak from the water pump on our '05 Suburban Z71. (5.3L with the "Z" vin #, 2wd) From what I have been able to find researching so far, this looks like a job that I should be able to tackle myself successfully, and I was hoping to get some confirmation here. (I am having the shop replace the oil pan gasket for me today, though.)
My plan is to replace the thermostat at the same time and also the ac belt which is starting to look a bit old and dry. The main serpentine belt looks good and I believe it is newer, but if I can't confirm that from my records, I'll replace it too while I'm at it.
Our Suburban has the two electric fans mounted right behind the radiator, so it has a good amount of room between the fans and the water pump.
I would so appreciate hearing from any of the pros here about any tips, things to watch out for, etc. Oh, one thing I am curious about: should I just go with the gaskets supplied with the new (not remanufactured) water pump or are there any recommendations to use the gaskets plus a thin line of rtv on both sides?
Thanks very much.
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 AT 11:40 AM