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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.