Honestly, if you do your own work, it isn't that bad. Remove the innder fender panel on the passanger side of the vehicle to access the pump. Once you open it up, drain the coolant and remove the belt, it is just a matter of unbolting the old and replacing it with the new. Make sure the old gasket material is properly cleaned from the engine and don't use anything other than the gasket that comes with the new pump. Just make sure everything is clean and dry.
Also, just as a precaution, spray the bolts with penetrating fluid a day in advance. I've had them break on me and that isn't a fun situation.
If you have questions while you are doing it, let me know and I'll walk you through it.
PS: If you have access to a rack to lift the vehicle, it will make things a whole lot easier. At least you will be able to stand up while working and not be bent over. If you don't have access, make sure the car is securely jacked up and held in place with a jack stand because you will need to remove the tire too.
Sunday, October 11th, 2009 AT 9:41 PM