Question about 2000 Nissan Maxima
I have gotten down to the water pump, loosened the tensioner for the timing belt, and now am having trouble getting the water pump out. The Haynes manual says that I need to use M8 bolts 3-4 inches long. I have not been able to find them anywhere; Lowes, AutoZone, Advance... I did give it a try using the two bolts that hold the tension guide in place (They are about 2 inches long). But they got really tight about 75% of the way in. I was afraid on snapping them off so I removed them and one of them was bent. What is the secret to getting this thing out?
The water pump has two seals, one for the oil and one for the water. You are pulling against those two seals which isn't easy. You need to get those 2 bolts in there just like the manual says and keep going back and forth tightening them until the pump pops out. If you can, tap the pump gently with a hammer in between screw turns. You are pretty brave taking on this repair!
Posted on Nov 26, 2008
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