Easy guide on how to change a water pump yourself.
Estimated time: 1-2 hours Difficulty: Easy/Medium
Begin by loosening the bolts on the fan belt pulley with a socket set.
Now pull off the belt, fully remove the bolts and then the pulley should come out.
Place a container underneath the vehicle to catch the water/coolant mixture when you disconnect the hoses. Remove the hose clips which are held in place by a screw, loosen this screw with a screwdriver, pull the hose clips off and then disconnect the hose. The coolant mixture will start pouring out now.
Now you have disconnected the hoses you can remove the bolts holding the water pump to the engine. When the bolts are removed you should be able to pry the water pump from its mount on the engine.
Fitting a water pump
When preparing the new water pump for installation, put some gasket sealer on the water pump around the area where the gasket will sit. Place the gasket onto the water pump and let it set for a few minutes. While you are waiting for this to set, you can clean the surface where the water pump will attach to. You want a clean surface to attach the new part to.
Place the new water pump on the engine mount and bolt back in place. You can now place the pulley on top of the water pump and bolt this back in place.
When the pulley is securely in place you can put the fan belt back on the pulley.
Final step in completing the water pump installation
Start the engine and then put some coolant in the coolant reservoir. This completes the water pump installation.