Water Pump Bad?


Old 02-03-02, 11:10 AM
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Water Pump Bad?

I posted that my 1991 Buick Park Avenue's (3.8L with A/C)serpentine belt had come off. I received some excellent advice from the 'the_tow_guy'. The advice included to check for bad components that might cause it to throw the belt. I think that I identified the problem as the Water Pump, because there seemed to be a lot of play on the pulley(terminology?). Am I barking up the right tree? I am able to wiggle the pulley quite easily while the components other pulleys seem solid. Any advice from anyone would be appreciated, since I am quite the novice. If it is the water pump, I am going to need a lot of advice on how to replace it. Thanx for your time.

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Old 02-03-02, 03:29 PM
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If you can wobble the pulley backwards and forwards then the bearings worn out in the pump.I'd pick up a repair manual and follow it's steps.
Old 02-03-02, 07:14 PM
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I agree with all the advice you got.

Change the belt, hoses, coolant and thermostat while you do the water pump.

Fordtech brings up a good point about a repair manual. It will help you out a lot.
Old 02-04-02, 06:02 AM
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Or, if you are going to keep the car a while, get an alldata subscription as Joe sometimes recommends at www.alldata.com.
Old 02-04-02, 06:23 AM
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Atta boy TowGuy .

Old 02-04-02, 06:40 AM
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Thanx for all your advice guys!!!
Old 02-04-02, 09:52 AM
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Ok, let us know how you make out.

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