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I have a '04 T & C Limited AWD and there is coolant leaking from the Water Pump Pulley. It seemed like it was just a small amount, but the engine light just came on. I am able to do many repairs myself I just need to know what the problem is. Thank you.

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That would be a bad water pump; spend the few extra dollars and get a new, not remanufactured, one. I suggest replacing the thermostat while you are at it, and carefully check the hoses, replacing if necessary.

Also, since you'll have the serpentine belt off, check the tensioner and belt, and replace thise if needed, as well.

You'll understand why once you get the old pump out; it makes sense to check as much as you can given the amount of work it takes to get in there! It usn't difficult, but there are an awful lot of fiddly bits to contend with!

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Fig. 1: After removing the water pump pulley mounting bolts, remove the pulley

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Fig. 2: Remove the water pump mounting fasteners ...

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Fig. 3: ... and remove the water pump from the vehicle

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Fig. 4: Remove and discard the water pump gasket

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Fig. 5: Water pump bolt torque sequence





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