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Bad water pump on a 2001 cavalier

I'm not sure if it's the huge problem to change it...I guess it depends on the motor...do you know if this is the easy one or the hard one?

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  • lbaum228 Jun 26, 2009

    it's 2.2L

  • lbaum228 Jun 26, 2009

    too cool! the information you gave me solved my problem...I didn't know how to find out what type motor it was...your description helped me know where to look...a guy gave me a price to fix it but it was based on the engine type...thanks a million you saved my day! Best Regards, Lori :0)

  • lbaum228 Jun 26, 2009

    I appreciate all of your help...thanks and have a GREAT weekend! LB

  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett May 11, 2010

    If you have the 2.2L....it's fairly simple...almost like replacing one on an older vehicle....if you have the 2.3L or 2.4L there are a few more steps to do it but it is still "doable". I can post the steps if you need it. Just let me know your engine size. If you don't know what it is, open your hood and look for a sticker on the radiator support bracket that mentions the emissions statement and it should have it on there....if not, just look for a sticker on the underside of the hood or around the engine compartment area. Post back here and let me know. c17hydro

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Then you can do this one yourself....here is the info:

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION CAUTION
When draining the coolant, keep in mind that cats and dogs are attracted by ethylene glycol antifreeze, and are quite likely to drink any that is left in an uncovered container or in puddles on the ground. This will prove fatal in sufficient quantity. Always drain the coolant into a sealable container. Coolant should be reused unless it is contaminated or several years old. 2.2L Engine

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Properly drain the cooling system into an approved container.
  3. Remove all accessory drive belts or the serpentine belt.
  4. Remove the alternator and bracket. For details, please refer to Section 2 of this manual.
  5. Unscrew the water pump pulley mounting bolts and then pull off the pulley.
  6. Unfasten the mounting bolts, then remove the water pump.
  7. Using a putty knife, clean the gasket mounting surfaces.
Location and mounting of the water pump on the 2.2L engine :


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  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Jun 26, 2009

    If the pulley turns when you try to loosen the bolts, attach sockets and ratchets to two of the bolts, insert a prybar to hold the pulley in place and loosen the bolts — 2.2L engine :



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  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Jun 26, 2009

    If the pulley turns when you try to loosen the bolts, attach sockets and ratchets to two of the bolts, insert a prybar to hold the pulley in place and loosen the bolts — 2.2L engine :



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  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Jun 26, 2009

    Okay....got it now:



    If the pulley turns when you try to loosen the bolts, attach sockets and ratchets to two of the bolts, insert a prybar to hold the pulley in place and loosen the bolts — 2.2L engine:






    Remove the pulley from the water pump:






    The water pump is retained by four bolts, remove them and . . .



  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Jun 26, 2009

    . . . remove the water pump from the engine:






    Thoroughly clean the gasket mating surfaces on the engine block as well as . . .






    That's it.....

  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Jun 26, 2009

    You too! You're welcome!

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