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Old 01-09-2004, 21:23   #1 (permalink)
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Help! Replacing EA water pump

I'm trying to replace the water pump on my 1989 EA 3.9L EFI.

I'm trying to take the fan / clutch assembly off the water pump hub.

I've got the required 32mm spanner for the clutch hub nut, but my manuals describe a specialised tool to hold the pump while the hub nut is removed.

Not having the required tool, I'm using a large screwdriver to hold the pump while I loosen the hub nut.

Problem is it's on tight, and I think the screwdriver shaft might snap before the hub nut comes loose.

Are there any makeshift tools / suggestions anyone can make to assist me?

I've put some CRC to try and help loosen the nut, and I realise it's a left-hand thread (I'm pulling on the spanner left-to-right / clockwise, standing in front of the radiator, looking down on the assembly).

I have to try and get this done ASAP, so waiting for Monday is not my preferred option.
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Re: Help! Replacing EA water pump

(rollin on OED 666s computer) we had the exact same problem with OEDs car, gave up after 6 hours!!! took it to a ford dealer that has a night shift, they loosened it in about 30 seconds for 0 dollars, and left it nice and loose so we could get it off easily when the time came.

cont worry about driving home with it only finger tight - due to the direction the engine spins it actually tightens as the engine turns.

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get some 3 mm plate drill 2 holes in it same distance as the bolts apart, make the length of the p[late fairly usable as this is what ya hold onto tighten plate onto the 2 bolts then use that and 32 mm spanner
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get some 3 mm plate drill 2 holes in it same distance as the bolts apart, make the length of the p[late fairly usable as this is what ya hold onto tighten plate onto the 2 bolts then use that and 32 mm spanner
If I had the equipment to do that, I'd make the correct tool - which is similar to what you describe.

5mm mild steel, about 250mm-300mm in length, with holes the required distance apart. But the metal between the two holes is remove to allow room for the hub shaft itself.
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Re: Help! Replacing EA water pump

What I did was buy a $10 50cm long screwdriver from Supercheap and used that to hold hub. Now the benefit of using a cheap driver is that not only wont you care if you break it, its actually less likely to snap. Since its made of lesser quality metal and will just bend and not shatter like a higher quality one.

Also with the screwdriver wedged and the spanner in place, give the spanner a good couple of wacks with a hammer, it should loosen the locktite which is holding the nut.

Ive successfully remove the fan from two different Falcons with no trouble at all.

Most difficult part of the job is actually trying to get the fan back on....
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I used to use one of those brake drum adjusters that look like a bent double ended screwdriver but Marlows had the special tool for around $20 so now I use it.
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Grab the pulley with a stilson.

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Grab the pulley with a stilson.

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Stilson? What's that?

AutoPro didn't have the required tool. I'm going to check with Repco today - and hope.

I've use a large screwdriver trying to loosen it; gave it a couple of hard whacks with the hammer. Result was a bent screwdriver & no progress so far.

(mutter mutter mutter...... if it's got tits or wheels, you are gunna have problems......)
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Stilson.

http://www.htpaa.org.au/oztools-imag...dowidat14b.jpg

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No luck. No-one has any at all.

What pissed me off was that the required tool is listed in 3 of the repco tool supplier catalogues that they keep behind the counter.

When I asked, they said "Oh, we don't deal with them..."

Then why do you have the bloody catalogue?!?

*sigh*

I'll have to wait until Monday and speak to the local Ford service department. Ask if I can use one of theirs.
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