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i think my waterpump is screwed

ok. went to torquay today for a drive, cos im on holidays and bored lol...
pulled up at the servo for somethnig to drink and noticed a fair puddle under the car. checked out some of the hoses and they all apear to be fine, but its definatley from the front of the engine.

anywayz, dont really wanna put any of the stop leak crap into it cos it clogs up the radiator and does not much more....

been told that new pumps are around $300 - eek!
any of you guys running aftermarket water pumps? which brand and how much ?
im trying to not spend a great deal as im trying to save for a new engine early in the year, and whatever i spend now is just money that could be going towards the new motor

anyone got a seccond handy laying around in their shed i could buy for cheaps??? it'd be hugely appreciated

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Re: i think my waterpump is screwed

The bearings in the waterpump can go causing coolant to leak out the fan shaft. I just replaced mine with a PowerMax (I think thats the brand) which is available through Supercheap and most other auto stores. Was going to get the original but the aftermarket ones look as good, have more warranty (mine came with 3 years compared with fords 12 months) and cost al lot less ($140 from memory). Had it on there for a few years so far and it is fine.
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Re: i think my waterpump is screwed

ah ok, ill go have a look on thursday when i get paid. $140 is a damn site cheaper than fords price, and as you said they have a much longer warranty.

can ya take the waterpump pulley / fan off together cos from what i can see the fan's nut looks stuffed - all stripped. i doubt a spanner would go on it.
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You would have to take the fan off I would think. The harmonic balancer should also come off because there are some bolts which sit underneath it. Would have taken a lot of force to round the fan bolt as it is 23mm. Being that large you can probably still get a spanner onto it and shock it off. It doesn't take a lot of force usually, just lots of shocking to break the hold.
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ah ok, thanks for that info. ill grab a 23mm spanner and have a go, its the oposite direction to the I6 yeah? so turn the nut towards the drivers side of the car?
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From memory it is anticlockwise but just check, it is the same direction which the fan spins. It's either a 23 or 24mm spanner which you need, the way I do it is place it sitting directly up, then hit it with a hammer (anticlockwise?) to try and shock it loose. Normally takes quite a few hits but it does come. Would be advisable to put something over the fender as the spanner often comes flying off. Some people also try to wedge a screwdriver between the bolts of the pulley but I couldn't get it to hold that way.
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Yep tighten it up and you'll undo it...They have some locktite on the threads..Good luck!!!

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ah yep, cool.

thanks for the info
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Re: i think my waterpump is screwed

you may have to get a chain filter wrench on the water pump pulley to hold the bastard. if you cant get it, take the radiator out and just unbolt the waterpump with the fan still attached..... you can stick the impellor in the vice then.

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Re: i think my waterpump is screwed

well was talkin to a mate, and he has a pair of thermo fans and loom i can get off him for cheaps, so i'll take off the pump / fan and save some knuckles, fit up the new pump - bursons - $180, and all will be sweet
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