2003 Dodge Caravan Can I replace the water pump on my 2003

Tiny
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2003 Dodge Caravan 90000 miles

My coolant level keeps going down and I am pretty sure that I am losing coolant from the gasket by my water pump. Do I need to do anything special to replace the water pump on a 2003 Grand Caravan or is it straightforward? I read one comment about someone not having clearance to remove the pulley and pump and I don't want to get stuck in that situation.

Also, on a different note, when I hit the recirculation button for the cabin heater the light on the button flashes and then goes out, so the recirculation is not working. What does that mean?

One more, if the turn signal does not turn off for left hand turns only, where is the problem?

Thanks.
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Monday, January 7th, 2008 AT 8:51 PM

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Tiny
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Jack and secure the van drain coolant and set aside
Remove passenger side tire and remove plastic cover
you should be able to see the water pump
has bolts on pulley loosen pulley bolts
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then remove belt remove pulley remove water pump

for the signal not shutting off its the comp. Switch
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Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 AT 4:47 PM
Tiny
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I attempted to replace the water pump as described and then I ran into the clearance issue. I was able to unbolt the pulley and the water pump, but I was unable to remove either due to a lack of clearance. I did find another post somewhere that said that you need to pry the engine either down or to the drivers side to get the clearance. Apparantly the motor mount allow the engine to move far enough to get the clearance. Any comments.
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Saturday, January 12th, 2008 AT 8:15 PM
Tiny
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What is the engine size
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Saturday, January 12th, 2008 AT 8:20 PM
Tiny
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3.3 liter
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Sunday, January 13th, 2008 AT 5:55 PM
Tiny
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http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/99387_caravan_water_pump_3338position_pully_1.jpg



http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/99387_caravan_water_pump_3338_1.jpg

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Sunday, January 13th, 2008 AT 7:14 PM
Tiny
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Hope that help
no need for engine to be lifted you have to remove pulley out
line it up like the pic and remove it


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/99387_caravan_water_pump_3338position_pully_1.jpg



http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/99387_caravan_water_pump_3338_1.jpg

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let me know
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Sunday, January 13th, 2008 AT 7:19 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the photos, but unfortunately that doesn't solve my problem. I did get the pully removed from the hub, but there is not enough clearance to the passenger side of the car to get it out. The interior structure of the engine compartment gets in the way. I was able to position the pulley as shown in the diagram, but that only allows you to put it over the hub and onto the shaft, not take it off which requires movement in the other direction. I was also able to unbolt the pump, but the same interior structure was in the way, so I could not pull it out of the ngine (to the passenger side) far enough for the impeller to clear the engine...therefore I couldn't take it off.

See photo for explanation of clearance issue. I tried to draw the front view to show the clearance problem...


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/140112_Van_Clearance_2.jpg

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Monday, January 14th, 2008 AT 7:30 AM
Tiny
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Check your PM I just sent you one
let me know if you get it and if it helped
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Monday, January 14th, 2008 AT 6:29 PM

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