2011 Dodge Avenger Replace Water Pump

Tiny
MAMA2TRINNY
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  • 2011 DODGE AVENGER
  • 3.6L
  • 6 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 70,000 MILES
Can you please provide step by step instructions on how to replace the water pump in my 2011 Dodge Avenger V6? The Haynes repair manual is not available yet and I have already ordered the pump, and it needs to be replaced ASAP. Thanks!
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Monday, December 9th, 2013 AT 2:24 PM

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Tiny
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The water pump on 3.6L engines is bolted directly to the engine timing chain case cover.
Disconnect negative battery cable from battery.
WARNING:Constant tension hose clamps are used on most cooling system hoses. When removing or installing, use only tools designed for servicing this type of clamp. Always wear safety glasses when servicing constant tension clamps.

CAUTION:A number or letter is stamped into the tongue of constant tension clamps. If replacement is necessary, use only an original equipment clamp with matching number or letter.

Fig. 59: Coolant Bottle Assembly & Right Side Engine Mount Assembly
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Remove the coolant bottle assembly (1) and position aside.
Fig. 60: Right Side Engine Mount Assembly
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Using a suitable jack, support the engine.
Remove the right side engine mount assembly (4).
Remove the engine mounting block from the water pump.
Raise vehicle.
CAUTION:Do not pry on the water pump at the timing chain case/cover. The machined surfaces may be damaged resulting in leaks.
Remove the lower engine cover.
Drain coolant into clean container for reuse. Refer to STANDARD PROCEDURE.
Remove right front wheel.
Remove the inner splash shield.
Fig. 61: Belt Tensioner, Accessory Drive Belt & Belt Routing
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Remove the accessory drive belt (7). Refer to BELT, SERPENTINE, REMOVAL.
Remove accessory drive belt idler pulley (2).
Fig. 62: A/C Compressor
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Disconnect the A/C compressor electrical connector.
Remove the A/C compressor (2) and position aside.
Fig. 63: Idler Pulley
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Remove the lower bypass hose and the lower radiator hose from the water pump (1) and position aside.
Remove the remainder ten water pump mounting bolts. Take notice to the four water pump bolts (2) that mount directly to the timing chain cover.
Remove water pump (1) and discard seal
Remove the water pump assembly from the vehicle. Refer to PUMP, WATER, REMOVAL.
Discard the water pump outlet gasket (7).
Remove the three bolts (1) attaching the water pump pulley (2) to the water pump (4).
Remove the water pump pulley (2).
Remove the five bolts (3) attaching the water pump (4) to the water pump adapter (6).
Remove and discard the gasket (8).
Remove the water pump (4) and inspect carefully for any damage. Refer to PUMP, WATER, INSPECTION.
INSPECTION
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Monday, December 9th, 2013 AT 3:34 PM
Tiny
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Hi Hmac300!

Thanks for the instructions. As it turns out, my water pump was under warranty so I was able to have it replaced at the dealership.

However, after getting my car back and having the water pump replaced, my air conditioner was not working. The Service Advisor told me that they do not touch anything related to the air conditioning when they replace the water pump. He said that they are 2 completely different systems and that the problem with my a/c is most likely completely unrelated to the water pump replacement.

I find this hard to believe considering it went out at the exact time I had the pump replaced. Also referring to the instructions you sent, it looks like they have to disconnect the A/C compressor electrical connector and remove the A/C compressor.

Can you tell me, in your opinion, do you believe that the water pump replacement could have caused an issue with the a/c?
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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 AT 12:58 PM
Tiny
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If the belt is on see if they plugged in all the connections otherwise it's something else like maybe the belt isn't on see pic arrow points to it. It may not be in all the way
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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 AT 1:21 PM

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