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How do I change the water pump and timeing belt?

Can I do this without a timeing light and can I do this without takeing off the crank shaft? What exactly r the steps to changeing this stuff out? How dow I know if its not just a freeze plug and not the water pump leaking the water out?

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  • skyinon22s Feb 05, 2009

    Thanks for the response. Uh, I was told that I just need to make marks on the block and the things that the belt spins on and make sure that nothing turns away from these marks.Is this true? Ive done this before on a chevy 350 before but it was a alot easier to get to and it had a chain not a belt and the water pump didnt have a belt connected to it. My dad asked me if my motor has a 0 tolerance, something about if the belt brakes my whole engine will be screwed! but if its not a 0 tolerance it will just not start.Do u know the answer to that cause I dont?

  • skyinon22s Feb 05, 2009

    Alright, thanks,I'll do that, you've changed my mind about doin it myself, once again thank u very much rpm1998. :-)

  • If it is leaking from underneath the black plastic cover, it's the water pump.If you don't have experience doing these, don't do it yourself. If you get the timing belt wrong, you will blow your motor.

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The 3.2 and 3.5L ARE interference engines with zero tolerance. That means, like I said, if you get it wrong and start the engine, you will blow the motor. It is nothing like a 350 chevy. My advice would be to take it to an auto repair shop, and not a friend that thinks he is a mechanic. It is not worth blowing your motor.

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