First, make sure that the coolant is coming from inside the tin covers on the front of the engine. My Intrepid had a leak at the o-ring on the bottom of the thermostat housing where it goes to the block. The leak here looked a LOT like the water pump.
The water pump is located behind the covers with the timing belt, and is driven by the timing belt.
To answer your questions, as follows:
1. I would recommend the removal of the radiator and cooling fans. The harmonic balancer will have to be removed, and you'll need the room to get it out.
2. The engine does not have to be jacked up.
3. I would recommend the replacement of the timing belt and tensioner pulley. You've got both out anyway, no time like the present. There should be no additional labor, just parts.
I've done the complete job on mine in about 3 1/2 hrs using my air tools. Hand tools will extend it to about 4 1/2 to 5 hrs.
Saturday, July 14th, 2007 AT 8:41 PM