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sonocativo 05-27-2011 11:26 PM

Water Pump gasket replacement
Has anyone done this? After my power steering hose blew, I cleaned the whole engine bay and now the water pump gasket is leaking at the block on the underside, I tried tightening the bolts some more but they are not budging to get any tighter.... I bought a new gasket and sealer, but I spent over an hour and a half trying to get to it but can not get the fan clutch assembly off to remove the shroud.... So, I am assuming this is going to be a shop repair? And how much will this repair cost in General... Just the gasket and sealer cost me $9... I assume the shop will charge $300 just to put a gasket on????? Apparently there is a special tool needed?

Ryank 05-28-2011 12:19 AM

I have done mine before, what you need is a clutch fan remover(can rent it from a part store) or a really big crescent wrench and something to wedge in between the water pump and water pump pulley. I ended up having to use a ford clutch remover tool. If you have the tool its a piece of cake!

sonocativo 05-28-2011 09:27 AM

Ok, thanks, I have up to a 3 foot cresant... but wasnt doing me any I will go see about renting the tool if they have it. Book says its a 36mm nut, so hopefully they have it.

sonocativo 05-29-2011 01:20 AM

Well, I went and rented the tool... POS !!!! It had nothing to do with this water pump in any way possible? So I resorted to a screw in the pully with a screwdriver to brace it, then some huge vice grips on the nut and it worked, cant complain other than it could have been a hell of alot easier, i wont do it again...thats for sure. Cleaned up the pump, cleaned off the old gasket and sealer, used a wire wheel on a dremel to clean up the mating surfaces really good, New gasket and sealer...Done Found out my lower hose is bad as well as the serpentine belt so getting them in the morning
enjoy the pics.

deanthecrabman 05-29-2011 04:21 AM

Go with a Dayco belt.

sonocativo 05-29-2011 05:57 PM

Dayco is what I got... That was the brand they Anyways I had to pull the whole thing apart again today..GRRRRRRRRRRRR Went out and looked under the truck and seen, dripdripdripdrip? Damn waterpump was dripping so not only was it the gasket it was the pump itself, I knew I should have replaced it since I had it off... Oh well, so today I enjoyed the whole day as I painted the front of the block flat black with silver pulleys to dress it up a little. Going to replace the valve cover gaskets this week since they dont look all that good, not leaking but just wear n tear looking, might as well paint the valve covers while they are off in the process.

GTyankee 05-29-2011 06:14 PM

guess i didn't see this post soon enough, i was going to tell you to check for a leak at the weep hole ( if it has one ) on the water pump, it is a sure sign that the pump is shot

sonocativo 05-29-2011 07:35 PM

Yes, I knew about the weep hole but the drip was at the block gasket, then after reinstalling it dripped from the pulley...grrrrr. I am the type that will normally replace anything that I take off but being money is tight I was taking a shortcut that ended up being a dead end and doubling back Ended up replacing lower radiator hose since it was like bubble gum and seperated internally as well. But in the long run it is done now. Going to replace the valve cover gaskets this week as they arent looking the fittest either, that should be simple And Paint those as well while off.

sonocativo 05-29-2011 07:37 PM

On a side note, My cousin is getting ready to do his... I told him replace the whole thing as it comes with a

panhead 06-20-2011 11:55 PM

When I did the gasket, it actually was the timing cover gasket that started to leak. I replaced everything. Timing chain, both timing cover gasket and water pump gasket, and water pump. Sure as hell saved me time from ripping it apart again.

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