Re: water pump ?'s

From: Francis Fastje (
Date: Sat Aug 11 2012 - 10:41:11 EDT

On 8/11/2012 8:37 AM, David Gersic wrote:
> On Friday, August 10, 2012 09:17:19 PM you wrote:
>> Well here I am again asking the great people of the DML for there great
>> advise. I am sure its the water pump but a few symptoms first thought it
>> was a bearing on one of the pulleys.
>> the sound of dry bearing getting ready to go was going to find it in the
>> morning but get home with my son for some dinner and coolant is flowing
>> out from under the truck at the front where
>> the water pump would be.
> Sounds like the same symptoms I had in the spring. Yep, it was the water pump.
> Mine's a 2001, so may not be identical to yours.
>> So if that sounds like the water pump is there
>> any tricks I should know.
>> The truck is a 1999 Dakota 3.9 with about 78000 miles. Thanks again for
>> y'all being here and any help would be appreciated.
> On mine, the serpentine belt didn't provide enough grip to break the pulley
> bolts loose. I made a tool from some 3/4" iron bar stock and a couple of
> 1/4x20 bolts to fit the holes in the front of the pulley, so it could be held
> in place.
> Other than that, it's pretty straightforward. Drain the radiator. Remove the
> shroud. Remove the hoses. Remove the various bolts holding the pump. Remove
> the pump. I didn't touch the alternator or A/C compressor. Installation is, of
> course, the reverse of the removal steps, plus cleaning up the mess.
> While you're at it, you might as well replace the serpentine belt, pulley, and
> tensioner.
When facing the truck does the fan bolt turn to the drivers side or the
passengers side to loosen?
Sorry for such a dumb question.

Francis Fastje

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