Engine Cooling problem
1998 Saturn SC2 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 143500 miles
I read the instructions on this site for replacing the water pump. Actually looks straightforward, as long as there are no problems removing the splash shield. Any advice on special tools or procedures removing the old (factory) water pump? I am losing coolant very slowly (surge tank is down about an ounce every few months), so presume it may be a pump starting to go. No drips or wet areas I can see, and the oil is fine.
While there, I feel it may be smart to replace the idler/tensioner so that does not snap some day. I cannot find any simple idler in addition to the tensioner/idler, such as is the case on my 1995 Grand Marquis.
Is it possible to replace the idler/tensioner at the same time as the water pump?
Regarding timing, I recall this Saturn has a timing chain (not a belt) and it should still be good for many more miles.
Monday, June 1st, 2009 AT 5:32 PM