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Water pump and timing belt are the same job.

If you need a new water pump or timing belt make sure they do both at the same time. Don't let them just replace one and not the other. They already have it tore apart to where they can access both so make sure they do both.

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What all should I replace while replacing the water Pump on my 2000 ford contour


That's a very good question...but I gather that this car has been taken care of and should be in very good shape and with economy the way it is..I see no reason to get a new car...My advice..Just get the water pump replaced and happy motoring....and don't let any mechanic try to sell you something that you don't need...I'm sure that you've heard the expression"If it ain't broke...don't fix it."..I hope this was heplful...PEACE.....

Jan 05, 2012 | 2000 Ford Contour

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My timing belt cut and I am trying to put anyone in How can I do so? I would like to know the steps inwhich I go about with your help.


  1. Disconnect the battery and chock the wheels so that the car cannot roll.
  2. Remove all obstructions to the timing belt cover: This can take a while, as there are usually quite a few things in the way. Here's a list of a few common pieces you'll have to remove:
    • Remove the air intake assembly.
    • Loosen the pulley that powers the water pump, if necessary. Some cars require your to remove other equipment such as the power steering pump. If so, remove the belt from the pulley, and unbolt the pump. Move it back out of the way.
    • Remove any other accessories that interfere with access to the timing belt.
  3. Use a large wrench on the crankshaft pulley to align the mark on the crankshaft pulley with the 0 on the timing scale molded into the engine block.
  4. Remove the timing belt cover bolts and pull the cover off.
  5. Check the timing belt tensioner bearings. Replace them if they are loose or noisy.
  6. Check the camshaft and crankshaft seals. If they leak, it could cause premature failure of the new timing belt. Replace them if necessary.
  7. Make sure that all timing marks are properly aligned, then loosen the timing belt tensioner and remove the timing belt. Do not allow either the camshaft or crankshaft to move while the belt is off.
  8. Put the new belt in place. Adjust the tension, if necessary. Make sure that it sits well over the teeth of the timing sprockets. Don't over-tighten.
  9. Apply a new gasket to the timing belt cover and replace it.
  10. Reinstall all of the accessory pumps that you took off earlier, including the water pump. Many mechanics recommend replacing the water pump while you have it off. It's up to you.
  11. Check that all timing marks are still properly aligned.
  12. Reinstall the air intake assembly.
  13. Reconnect the battery.
  14. Start the engine and listen carefully to how it runs. You shouldn't hear any loud knocks if the timing is still correct.

Hopefully this timing belt replacement guide has been helpful. If you allowed the timing to become misaligned while you changed the belt, you have a serious problem on your hands. Either correct the error, or consult a mechanic or car repair shop. Do not operate a vehicle with incorrect timing, as serious internal engine damage could occur.

Aug 26, 2011 | 1990 Ford Escort

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Installing timing belt


Wait overnight for the engine to cool off.
  • Disconnect the battery and chock the wheels so that the car cannot roll.
  • Remove all obstructions to the timing belt cover: This can take a while, as there are usually quite a few things in the way. Here's a list of a few common pieces you'll have to remove:
    • Remove the air intake assembly.
    • Loosen the pulley that powers the water pump, if necessary. Some cars require your to remove other equipment such as the power steering pump. If so, remove the belt from the pulley, and unbolt Move it back out of the way.
    • Remove any other accessories that interfere with access to the timing belt.
  • Use a large wrench on the crankshaft pulley to align the mark on the crankshaft pulley with the 0 on the timing scale molded into the engine block.
  • Remove the timing belt cover bolts and pull the cover off.
  • Check the timing belt tensioner bearings. Replace them if they are loose or noisy.
  • Check the camshaft and crankshaft seals. If they leak, it could cause premature failure of the new timing belt. Replace them if necessary.
  • Make sure that all timing marks are properly aligned, then loosen the timing belt tensioner and remove the timing belt. Do not allow either the camshaft or crankshaft to move while the belt is off.
  • Put the new belt in place. Adjust the tension, if necessary. Make sure that it sits well over the teeth of the timing sprockets. Don't over-tighten.
  • Apply a new gasket to the timing belt cover and replace it.
  • Reinstall all of the accessory pumps that you took off earlier, including the water pump. Many mechanics recommend replacing the water pump while you have it off. It's up to you.
  • Check that all timing marks are still properly aligned.
  • Reinstall the air intake assembly.
  • Reconnect the battery.
  • Start the engine and listen carefully to how it runs. You shouldn't hear any loud knocks if the timing is still correct.
  • Aug 19, 2011 | Chrysler PT Cruiser Cars & Trucks

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    1.8 turbo 2001 jetta -- car turns over, serpentine belt rotates but the timing belt does not. timing belt, water pump,not sure what is going on


    Here's a link on how to replace the timing chain. The only thing i can think of is to make sure the chain is properly tensioned and sitting right on the crank pulley since that's what drives it. Since it's not turning make sure your water pump is not seized, turn it by hand to make sure it's ok and also re-check the timing marks on your camshaft pulley. Be careful you don't want to bend any valves so make sure the camshaft timing marks are correct and make sure the number one cylinder is all the way up on the compression stroke. Anyways, here's a link with detailed instructions. Just copy and paste
    http://www.audiworld.com/tech/eng35.shtml

    Aug 10, 2011 | 2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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    water leak at the timing belt cover


    Inside the timing belt cover the pulley that the timing belt goes areound other than the crank and the cam is the water pump. You describe the water pump as failed. Remove the belt with the timing belt marks lined up and replce the pump and install a new belt as you reassamble the car and your good to go another 80 thousand miles. Replace the regular belts too and you'll have this area of service qwork all covered and replace the antifreeze mixture while your doing it as pumps don't normally fail until the antifreze is drity and old.

    May 14, 2011 | Geo Prizm Cars & Trucks

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