Change Water Pump
If you're wondering how to change a water pump, look no further. Water pumps are very important parts of a car and they could go bad at anytime. Once your car's water pump goes out, it is best to repair it as soon as possible. Even if you have to head to the auto store to change it yourself, you need a good water pump. Follow these simple steps to change your water pump.
Things you will need:
- New water pump
- Small drip container
- Gasket sealer
- Remove hoses, belts, and coolant reservoir tank. The first thing you would need to do is remove everything that is in the way of the water pump. The first hose you should remove is the power steering hose, because power steering fluid may squirt out of the hose when it is removed. Once you decide to disconnect the power steering hose, then place the small drip bowl directly underneath it so that fluid does not drip on the ground and cause hazards.
- Remove harmonic balancer. There is a large pulley that is directly in front of the water pump. You would need to use a harmonic balancer kit to remove it. Do not try to use any alternative tools. Carefully remove the harmonic balancer using the tools in the kit. They could be rented at certain auto stores for a small fee.
- Remove bolts securing the old water pump. On most water pumps, there are four bolts holding it in place. Use the wrench to fully remove all bolts. The old water pump should come off easily once the bolts are removed. If not, then check to see if there are any more bolts holding it in place.
- Place new water pump. Place your gasket sealer along the engraved pattern on the back side of the new water pump, then place gasket in place. Slip the new water pump down into proper position and begin bolting it down with the bolts. Once done, wobble the water pump to make sure it is secure. If there is no give, then you have successfully changed a water pump.
- Replace all hoses, belts, harmonic balancer, and coolant reservoir tank. Everything should go back in place exactly the way it was there before. Please note to not leave any hoses loose. Also, be sure to properly place the harmonic balancer back in place correctly.