Water pump inlet tube
I own a 2003 Dakota, great truck that I have owned for 8 years. The only significant issues that I have ever had with it all pertain to the coolant system. I have a few questions for the more mechanics out there.
My first question is this: does anyone know if the 2nd Gen Dakotas are notorious for coolant system problems or if I just happen to be lucky?
Second, there is a small antifreeze leak on the water pump inlet tube. (Or what I ASSUME is the inlet tube, it is located on the upper right hand side of the water pump as you are facing the water pump with the hood open.) After cleaning the leaking coolant off the water pump facing, I wiggled the tube a bit and saw that a small amount of coolant leaked out again. It is my assumption that there is a problem with an o-ring or gasket that is on the water pump side of this tube. Has anyone had ANY experience replacing these tubes? If so, are there an tricks to doing so?
Last, the water pump has been replaced within the last five years. It may be that the water pump is bad also, if that be the case, I think I would have leaks in more places than just the inlet tube.
Thanks for any info.
Sparkchaser, aka Kevin