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Old 04-11-2011, 05:25 PM
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Ok, so my waterpump is about to go out so I've gotta replace it. I just bought a new waterpump, belt, gasket sealent and some antifreeze.
I've never replaced one on a dodge before, so it should be alittle interesting. I've got the book so I am going to try and figure it out, but is there any pointers? Should I drain the anti freeze first?
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My wife's friend, who used to work for Dodge 11 years ago, said in order to take it off, there's a speical tool required ... What could it be?
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They have a special tool for removing the fan. it can be done without it though...
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Yes, drain the antifreeze first.
2nd, some auto places rent out the tool to take off the fan. (me, i made my own, used it and cresent wrench to turn the nut.... had to use a 5 lb sledge on mine since it was rusted on quite nicely)
3rd - take out the fan shroud (don't have to, but it makes it much easier to work on stuff)
4th - take out bolts and remove water pump. you'll have a bypass hose that needs to be disconnected. (personally, i'd go further and replace that dang lil hose. they go out but since they are buried, kinda hard to tell if it's bad or something else. so i look at as preventive maintenance)
reverse process after making sure all mating surfaces are SPOTLESS!!!

note , i probably could go into more detail, but you are using a manual...

oh, when adding antifreeze, make sure you get all the bubbles out.
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My wife's friend, who used to work for Dodge 11 years ago, said in order to take it off, there's a speical tool required ... What could it be?

oh and the tool... it's 2 parts... 1 part hooks onto the pulley (preventing it from turning) the 2nd part is a HUGE thin wrench that goes on the nut (so you can crank it off). if your fan has been on there awhile, don't be surprised if you have to use some serious muscle.
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Ok, I've got the tool. I rented it and I've tried every which way of doing it to take it off, but I just don't see where other the 36mm bolt to hold on to the pully so it won't turn. I've even tried to put stuff behind the pully to try and make it where it won't turn but it won't help. Where do I place the larger wrench cause there are no bolts. It shows a picture of the deisal engine but I've got gas.

I'm alittle lost here, any help. Anybody got a picture or something of showing how do I hold the pully cause I've tried everything and I don't wanna break it. I did it last night and I heard a snapping sound, I hope I didn't mess anything up by going the wrong way or so. Thanks.
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Ok, so after much research and trying and trying, I can't figure it out. I place a crowbar behind it and than try and turn but to no luck I can't get it. I placed to bolts inside the holes and it just bends both of them. I can't fit a screw driver in it cause of the fan is in the way. I am having no luck what so ever with this thing. Any help please.

I can't keep the pulley from not moving.
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Ok, well. I had took the belt off and found out that it's a no no, so I put the belt back on and now how do I keep that pulley from moving ...
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Just take the pump off the engine with the fan installed. I have found that it is easier to take the fan off the pump outside of the vehicle. Make sure you take the bolts off of the shroud then take the pump off. I personally take the bracket that holds the alternator off so I can change the thermostat and that tiny top hose.
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^^+1, yes, i've tried doing it on the truck, but if it's stubborn, it's cake once it's off the truck. if you can imagine this.... i put pump and fan assembly into my bench vice (tight enough to hold but not bend or mark anything). i put my home tool (old serpentine belt tool handle with 2 holes drilled in it and bolts put in holes) into the pulley holes. rotated the handle til it rests against the vice (so it can't move when i put pressure on the nut with a wrench). then took a big crescent wrench and stuck that onto the nut. with a handheld sledge, i "tapped" the crescent wrench handle ( i wasn't worried about damaging the wrench since it was a cheap one). after a few love taps, the nut started spinning and i was gtg. i wish i had taken video, but didn't think of it at the time, since i have a tendency to get excited about a plan and just KNOW it's gonna work. i'll take some pics and see if i can get em posted up today. it won't be exactly what i did, but you should get the idea. ... please be patient.

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