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i recommend putting sum soft setting pipe dope like gasoila on the water pump pully threads and the water pump bolts too i did and now i dont worry if i ever have to change out the waterpump or fan again will never sieze again but willhold tight.
When I had to swap out my water pump I just put the proper wrench on the nut that holds the fan on and gave it a quick jolt with a dead blow hammer. I didn't think it would work (my dad suggested it) but I figured I would give it a shot and sure enough it broke it right loose. I don't exactly remember how long it took me to replace my water pump, but I think it was only a couple hrs at best, and I try not to rush projects to make sure I do them right the first time.
'99 Ram 1500 Club Cab 4X4 5.9L V8 Automatic.
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yeah, id say 2 hours is a good estimate if you have no problems and you stay after it......i just did this saturday......unbolt the 4 bolts that hold the fan to the clutch, (not the pulley bolts) and that will let you take the shroud off b4 the waterpump and itll make it a lot easier
Thanks to the Arizona summers, I have replaced my water pump (and radiator) more times than I would like to admit. Here are two ways I was able to loosen the fan:
1: Put pressure on the serpentine belt to the right of the fan pulley and use a crescent wrench to loosen the fan. Use the grip of the belt (if it is new enough) to hold the pulley in place.
2: I bought a medium sized chain about 4 to 5 feet long, bought a bolt that would fit through two links and a hook. I attached the hook to one end of the chain and wrapped the other end around the frame under the battery and bolted the links together. Attach the hook to a hole on the fan pulley (some fan pulleys do not have holes) and take out the slack. I used a crescent wrench to loosen the fan.
I hope this helps.
another question, do you turn the nut clockwise (Like on a watch) or counter clockwise. Like "righty tighty, lefty loosy". What size wrench do I need to loosen the nut holding the fan. My truck is 98, 5.9l 2wd. any help is appreciated.
i have a 2003 dodge ram 1500 v-6. first time i changed a water pump. only took me an hour total. first thing i did was took out the drain plug on the radiator and flushed the system with the engine running and heater turned on...did this for about 10 min. then drained it all. next i took the fan off the water pump by sticking two bolts in the water pump pully and using a file and a pipe wrench to loosen it. like in the pic. next unscrewed the fan housing - 4 phillips screws, then the fan and housing comes out....next i put a socket on the belt tensioner and took the belt off. then i started taking off the 7 bolts holding the pump on....you will have to take off the lower pulley that im pointing to in the pic to get the lower bolt out...and just loosen the bolt holding the top plastic air box on top to get to the top bolt on the water pump.. then off comes the water pump......pretty easy.. goes back the same way. i did put a high temp silicone gasket sealant on new pump and in bolt holes...