I'm a shade tree mechanic and I don't claim to know everything buy I will give you some options. 1-look at the oil. Drain it and look for a milky color or antifreeze in it. 2nd- Pull the plugs. Look for any sign of one or more of them to look very clean. Almost like it's been steam cleaned. Moisture in the cylinder will cause this.3rd- Buy an economical pressure test kit. Cost is usually about 25.00. This will let you know if one or more cylinders are losing compression around a blown head gasket. 4th- Leave the radatior cap off and let the car warm up to operating temperature. Look inside the neck of the radatior and watch for bubbles. All of these are tell-tell signs of a blown head gasket. I'm not familiar with the issue of removing the water pump. But. Like I said, I don't know everything. As a side note, try replacing your thermastat and radiator cap. Both are relatively cheap and could also be the problem.
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 AT 9:56 PM