Chrysler RAM50/D50/Arrow 1979-1993 Repair Guide

Water Pump

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




CAUTION
When draining the coolant, keep in mind that cats and dogs are attracted by ethylene glycol antifreeze, and are quite likely to drink any that is left in an uncovered container or in puddles on the ground. This will prove fatal in sufficient quantity. Always drain the coolant into a sealable container. Coolant should be reused unless it is contaminated or several years old.2.0L Engine See Figures 1 and 2

This operation requires removal of the timing belt. Do not attempt to replace the water pump if you are not familiar with timing belt procedures.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Water pump assembly-2.0L engine

  1. Turn the crankshaft pulley clockwise until all the timing marks align. This sets No. 1 piston at TDC/compression. Once set in this position, the motor position must not be disturbed during repairs.
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  3. Drain the cooling system.
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  5. Remove the upper radiator shroud.
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  7. Loosen the power steering pump and remove the belt.
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  9. Remove the air conditioner compressor belt tensioner and remove the belt.
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  11. Loosen the alternator and remove the drive belt.
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  13. Remove the cooling fan and clutch assembly.
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  15. Remove the water pump pulley.
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  17. Remove the center bolt holding the crankshaft pulleys. The bolt will be tight.
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  19. Remove the smaller pulley bolt and remove the power steering pulley and the crankshaft pulley from the crankshaft.
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  21. Remove the upper and lower timing belt covers.
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  23. Confirm that all the timing marks align and that the engine is at TDC/compression on No. 1 cylinder.
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  25. Loosen and remove the timing belt adjuster.
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  27. Use chalk or a crayon to mark the direction of rotation on the timing belt. Carefully remove the timing belt from the pulleys.
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  29. Disconnect the lower radiator hose from the water pump.
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  31. Remove the water pump mounting bolts and remove the alternator bracket.
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The water pump bolts are of different lengths and must be reinstalled in the correct position. Label or diagram each at the time of removal.

  1. Carefully remove the pump from the engine block and separate the pump from the water pipe.
  2.  
  3. Check the pump thoroughly for daimage or cracks. Turn the shaft, checking for binding or noise. If the pump was leaking coolant through the vent hole, the internal seal has failed and the pump must be replaced.
  4.  

Do not confuse light moisture accumulation with outright leakage. The vent hole area may be moist in normal operation.

To install:
  1. Clean the mating surfaces of the pump and block. Remove all traces of the old gasket.
  2.  
  3. Install a new O-ring on the front end of the water pipe and wet the O-ring with water or coolant. Do not apply grease or oil.
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  5. Install a new water pump gasket, making sure all the bolt holes line up. Do not apply any sealer to the gasket.
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  7. Install the water pump retaining bolts in their correct holes (don't forget the alternator brace) and tighten each finger-tight. Tighten the bolts in two steps to their final torque: Bolt heads marked 4 tighten to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm) and bolt heads marked 7 tighten to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm).
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  9. Install the water pipe, making sure the O-ring stays in position.
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  11. Connect the lower radiator hose to the water pump. Use a new hose clamp if necessary.
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  13. Install the timing belt onto the crankshaft sprocket, the oil pump sprocket and the camshaft sprocket in that order. Make certain there is no slack between the crankshaft sprocket and the oil pump or between the oil pump sprocket and the camshaft sprocket.
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  15. Loosen the tensioner mounting bolts. Allow the tensioner to move against the belt under its spring tension; do not force or push on the tensioner.
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  17. Turn the crankshaft in its normal clockwise direction until the camshaft pulley has moved 2 teeth from the timing mark.
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WARNING
This rotation is to create the correct tension on the belt. Do not rotate the engine counterclockwise and do not press on the belt.

  1. Carefully observe the belt and the way it fits on each sprocket. It may have lifted from the camshaft sprocket, particularly in the "10 o'clock" position. If this is the case, GENTLY push on the tensioner with your fingers (counterclockwise or downward) to take up the slack. Do not push on the tensioner any more than needed to seat the belt on the sprocket.
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  3. Tighten the lower bolt on the tensioner first, then the pivot or upper bolt. The order is important; if done incorrectly, the belt will not be under the correct tension.
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  5. Install the lower timing belt cover and then the upper cover. Tighten the bolts to 8 ft. lbs. (11 Nm).
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  7. Install the crankshaft pulley and the power steering pulley. Tighten the small pulley bolt to 19 ft. lbs. (25 Nm) and the crankshaft center bolt to 88 ft. lbs. (120 Nm).
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  9. Install the pulley and fan assembly onto the water pump. Tighten the nuts to 8 ft. lbs. (11 Nm).
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  11. Install the alternator drive belt and adjust it to the proper tension.
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  13. Install the compressor drive belt. Install the belt tensioner and adjust the belt tension.
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  15. Install the power steering pump drive belt and adjust it to the proper tension.
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  17. Install the upper radiator shroud.
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  19. Double check the draincock, closing it if necessary, and refill the cooling system.
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  21. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  23. Start the engine and check carefully for leaks. Allow the engine to warm up with the radiator cap removed. After the thermostat opens, adjust the coolant level to the bottom of the radiator neck and install the radiator cap.
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CAUTION
Do not lean over the radiator neck while the engine is running. Hot coolant may be splashed out by air trapped within the system. Keep hands, tools and clothing away from the fans which may engage at any time.

  1. Shut the engine off and perform any necessary adjustments to the drive belts.
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2.3L Diesel Engine See Figure 2

Perform this procedure only on a completely cold engine.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Drain the coolant into clean containers so that it may be reused if still in good condition.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Water pump assembly point A is the breather hole in the case--2.3L diesel engine

  1. Disconnect the lower radiator hose from the water pump.
  2.  
  3. Loosen the bolts holding the fan, fan pulley and fan clutch.
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  5. Loosen the drive belt and remove it.
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  7. Remove the cooling fan, fan clutch and pulley.
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  9. Remove all the retaining bolts and remove the water pump. If it is stuck in place, it may be tapped with a plastic or rubber mallet.
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  11. Inspect the pump parts for any sign of wear or daimage. Turn the shaft by hand, checking for binding, noise or uneven rotation.
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  13. Check the seal area for any sign of leakage. Any fluid leakage from the breather hole requires replacement of the pump.
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Very slight moisture or vapor around the hole is normal. Use common sense to determine outright leakage.

To install:
  1. Make certain the mating surfaces are free of any trace of the old gasket.
  2.  
  3. Use a new gasket, install the pump and tighten the bolts evenly and alternately. Do not overtighten.
  4.  
  5. Install the fan clutch, pulley and cooling fan.
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  7. Install the drive belt and adjust it to the proper tension.
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  9. Connect the lower radiator hose; make certain the clamp is correctly placed and secure.
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  11. Check the draincock and make sure it is firmly closed. Refill the cooling system with coolant.
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  13. Connect the negative battery cable. Start the engine and check for leaks.
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2.4L Engine

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Drain the cooling system.
  4.  
  5. Remove the upper radiator shroud.
  6.  
  7. Remove all accessory belts. Remove the air conditioning compressor tensioner pulley, if equipped.
  8.  
  9. Remove the cooling fan and clutch assembly and remove the water pump pulley.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the radiator hose from the water pump.
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  13. Remove the crankshaft pulley(s).
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  15. Remove the timing belt covers.
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  17. If the same timing belt will be reused, mark the direction of the timing belt's rotation, for installation in the same direction. Make sure the engine is positioned so the No. 1 cylinder is at the TDC of its compression stroke and the sprockets' timing marks are aligned with the engine's timing mark indicators. Remove the timing belt.
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  19. The water pump bolts are different lengths, note their positions before removing. Remove the water pump mounting bolts and remove the pump from the block and the water pipe connection. Remove the O-ring from the water pipe connection.
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To install:
  1. Check the water pump for cracks, daimage or wear. Check the bearing for daimage, abnormal noise and sluggish rotation. Check the seal unit for leaks. Replace the water pump assembly if any of these symptoms is present.
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  3. Clean and dry the mating surfaces of the block and water pump. Install a new O-ring to the water pipe connection. Coat the new O-ring with water to aid in installation.
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  5. Install the water pump with a new gasket to the block and tighten the bolts to 10 ft. lbs. (13 Nm). Tighten the alternator bracket bolt to 17 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
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  7. Install the timing belt onto the crankshaft sprocket, the oil pump sprocket and the camshaft sprocket in that order. Make certain there is no slack between the crankshaft sprocket and the oil pump or between the oil pump sprocket and the camshaft sprocket.
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  9. Loosen the tensioner mounting bolts. Allow the tensioner to move against the belt under its spring tension; do not force or push on the tensioner.
  10.  
  11. Turn the crankshaft in its normal clockwise direction until the camshaft pulley has moved 2 teeth from the timing mark.
  12.  


WARNING
This rotation is to create the correct tension on the belt. Do not rotate the engine counterclockwise and do not press on the belt.

  1. Carefully observe the belt and the way it fits on each sprocket. It may have lifted from the camshaft sprocket, particularly in the "10 o'clock" position. If this is the case, GENTLY push on the tensioner with your fingers (counterclockwise or downward) to take up the slack. Do not push on the tensioner any more than needed to seat the belt on the sprocket.
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  3. Tighten the lower bolt on the tensioner first, then the pivot or upper bolt. The order is important; if done incorrectly, the belt will not be under the correct tension.
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  5. Check to see that the clearance between the outside of the belt and the cover are within the standard value by grasping the tension side (between the camshaft sprocket and oil pump sprocket) of the center part of the timing belt between the thumb and index finger.
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  7. Install the crankshaft pulley(s).
  8.  
  9. Connect the radiator hose to the water pump.
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  11. Install the water pump pulley. Install the cooling fan and clutch assembly.
  12.  
  13. Install the air conditioning compressor tensioner pulley, if equipped.
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  15. Install and adjust the accessory belts.
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  17. Install the upper radiator shroud.
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  19. Fill the radiator with coolant. This cooling system has a self-bleeding thermostat, so system bleeding is not required.
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  21. Connect the negative battery cable, run the vehicle until the thermostat opens and fill the overflow tank. Check for leaks.
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  23. Once the vehicle has cooled, recheck the coolant level.
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2.6L Engine See Figures 4 through 12

  1. Disconnect and remove the battery.
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  3. Drain the cooling system.
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  5. Remove the lower radiator hose from the water pump.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Water pump assembly--2.6L engines



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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the fan and coupling mounting bolts...



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Fig. Fig. 6: ... then pull the assembly off the water pump studs



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Fig. Fig. 7: Pull the drive belts off the pulley



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Fig. Fig. 8: Remove the water pump pulley from the studs



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Fig. Fig. 9: Separate the heater hose from the water pump



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Fig. Fig. 10: Remove the mounting bolts retaining the water pump to the engine



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Fig. Fig. 11: Label the bolts for installation, they are different sizes



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Fig. Fig. 12: Pull the water pump off of the engine, don't forget to clean all mating surfaces

  1. Remove the upper fan shroud. Carefully unbolt and remove the fan with the clutch assembly and store the fan in an upright position.
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  3. Loosen the adjuster and remove the air conditioning compressor drive belt. Loosen the alternator and power steering pump and remove their drive belts.
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  5. Remove the water pump pulley from the studs.
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  7. Disconnect the heater hose from the water pump.
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  9. Remove the mounting bolts holding the pump to the engine. Note that the bolts are of different lengths; label or diagram them as they are removed.
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  11. Remove the water pump and gasket. Clean the mating surfaces thoroughly and remove all traces of the old gasket.
  12.  
  13. Check the pump thoroughly for daimage or cracks. Turn the shaft, checking for binding or noise. If the pump was leaking coolant through the vent hole, the internal seal has failed and the pump must be replaced.
  14.  

Do not confuse light moisture accumulation with outright leakage. The vent hole area may be moist in normal operation.

  1. If the fan was removed, inspect the fan blades for cracking or bending. Check the area of each bolt hole for cracks.
  2.  

To install:
  1. Install a new gasket to the engine, making sure all the bolt holes are aligned. Install the water pump and tighten the bolts finger-tight. Don't forget to install the alternator bracket. When all the bolts are snug, tighten them to about 11 ft. lbs. (21 Nm) in steps.
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  3. Connect the heater hose to the water pump.
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  5. Install the water pump pulley.
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  7. Install the drive belts beginning with the power steering belt, then the alternator belt and the A/C compressor belt. Seat the belts on all the pulleys but do not tighten them yet.
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  9. Install the fan and clutch assembly. Install the upper fan shroud.
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WARNING
The shroud retaining bolts must not exceed 0.63 in. (16mm) in length. Longer bolts will interfere with the radiator and cause leaks.

  1. Adjust the drive belts to the proper tension and tighten the adjusting fittings for each component.
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  3. Install the lower radiator hose.
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  5. Install the battery.
  6.  
  7. Double check the draincock, closing it if necessary, and refill the cooling system.
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  9. Start the engine and check carefully for leaks. Allow the engine to warm up with the radiator cap removed. After the thermostat opens, adjust the coolant level to the bottom of the radiator neck and install the radiator cap.
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3.0L Engine See Figure 13

Develop a system of identifying bolts by location and component so that reassembly is made easier. Daimage can be caused by forcing a long bolt into a shorter passage. The use of the correct special tools or their equivalent is most important for this procedure. The crankshaft sprocket must be removed and installed with the use of tools MB 990767-01 and, MB 998715 or their equivalents. Attempts to use other tools or methods may cause daimage to the sprocket and/or crankshaft.

  1. Release fuel pressure in the system by disconnecting the fuel pump wiring harness. The fuel pump is located back by the fuel tank. Start the engine and let the vehicle idle until it stalls on its own. Shut the engine OFF .
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Drain the cooling system. Remove the thermostat and housing/case assembly, upper radiator hose, bypass hose and the radiator shroud.
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Fig. Fig. 13: Water pump assembly--3.0L engine

  1. Remove the cooling fan clutch assembly.
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  3. Remove the drive belts from the A/C compressor, the power steering pump and the alternator.
  4.  
  5. Remove the cooling fan pulley.
  6.  
  7. Remove the power steering pump, power steering pump bracket and mounting bracket. When the power steering pump is removed from the bracket, hold it toward the body using wire or similar materials. Move the pump with the pressure hose and return hose still attached.
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  9. Remove the tension pulley bracket.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the air conditioning compressor and remove the compressor bracket. Hold the air conditioning compressor toward the body using wire or similar materials. Move the compressor with the high pressure hose and low pressure hose still attached.
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  13. Remove the cooling fan bracket assembly.
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  15. Remove the timing belt covers. If the same timing belt will be reused, mark the direction of the timing belt's rotation, for installation in the same direction. Make sure the engine is positioned so the No. 1 cylinder is at the TDC of its compression stroke and the sprockets timing marks are aligned with the engine's timing mark indicators.
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  17. Loosen the timing belt tensioner bolt and remove the belt. Position the tensioner as far away from the center of the engine as possible and tighten the bolt.
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  19. Remove the water pump mounting bolts, separate the pump from the water inlet pipe and remove the pump from the engine. Remove the water inlet fitting from the pump.
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To install:
  1. Check the pump thoroughly for daimage or cracks. Turn the shaft, checking for binding or noise. If the pump was leaking coolant through the vent hole, the internal seal has failed and the pump must be replaced.
  2.  
  3. Clean and dry the mating surfaces of the block and water pump. Install a new O-ring to the water inlet pipe.
  4.  
  5. Install the pump and water inlet fitting, with new gaskets, to the engine and water pipe. Tighten the water pump mounting bolts evenly to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
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  7. Align all timing marks. Install the timing belt-refer to the necessary service procedures located in this information.
  8.  
  9. Install the timing belt covers.
  10.  
  11. Install the crankshaft pulley and flange.
  12.  
  13. Install the air conditioning compressor and its bracket.
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  15. Install the power steering pump bracket and the pump.
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  17. Install the water pump pulley. Install the cooling fan and clutch assembly.
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  19. Install the drive belts, adjust as necessary.
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  21. Install thermostat and housing assembly/case. Connect the upper radiator hose, bypass hose and the upper radiator shroud.
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  23. Fill the cooling system.
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  25. Connect the negative battery cable, run the vehicle until the thermostat opens and fill the overflow tank. Check for leaks.
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  27. Once the vehicle has cooled, recheck the coolant level.
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