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My 89 Cutlass Ciera with a 3300 engine is leaking coolant. I replaced the water pump as that looked like where the leak was was coming from. It still leaks and I can see a slow drip from the bottom of the water pump but cannot tell if it is coming from somewhere else. What else could it probably be?

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It may be the gasket where the thermostat is. Or even a pin hole in the hose above the pump. Hope this gives you a few more ideas.

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Replacing a water pump

The instructions below should apply for your car. There are different engines for that model but the instructions are basically the same.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Drain the cooling system.
  3. Remove the serpentine belt. Removal of the alternator and/or bracket may help give more room for easier access.
  4. Remove water pump attaching bolts and nut, then remove pump.

To install:

  1. Clean the sealing surfaces, then place a 3/32 in. (2mm) bead of RTV sealant or equivalent on the water pump sealing surface.
  2. Coat the bolt threads with a pipe sealant GM part no. 1052080 or equivalent.
  3. Install the water pump, then tighten the bolts to 10-24 ft. lbs. (14-33 Nm).
  4. Connect the negative battery cable.
  5. Fill the cooling system, then check for leaks. Start the engine and allow to come to normal operating temperature. Recheck for leaks, then top off the coolant.

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1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, replace waterpump

Hi there:
Check this procedure...

2.2L Engine (see Figure 1)
Partially drain the engine coolant from the vehicle.
Remove the serpentine drive belt from the vehicle.
Loosen and position the alternator to one side.
Unbolt the water pump pulley, then remove the pulley.
Unbolt the water pump, then remove the pump and gasket.


Fig. 1: Water pump used on 2.2L engines

Clean the gasket areas thoroughly.

To install:
Install a new gasket to the water pump mating surface.
Attach the water pump to the engine with the retaining bolts, tighten them to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
Attach the water pump pulley, then tighten the bolts to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
Properly position the alternator.
Install the serpentine drive belt.
Fill the coolant system, start the engine, then top off the fluid.

3.1L Engine (VIN M)
Partially drain the coolant from the vehicle.
Remove the serpentine drive belt from the vehicle.
Unbolt the pulley from the pump.
Remove the water pump mounting bolts.
Remove the pump from the engine, then clean the gasket area.

To install:
Attach the water pump with gasket to the engine with the mounting bolts.
Tighten the mounting bolts to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
Attach the pulley with it's mounting bolts. Tighten them to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
Install the serpentine drive belt.
Fill the coolant system, start the engine and top off the fluid. Check for leaks.

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Leaking engine coolant from bottom of engine front passenger side

Probably a water pump seal unfortunately. Pressurize the system, with the engine off, use a mirror to look under the water pump pulley to see if any fluid is dripping from the water pump seal weep hole.
If it is, change the water pump.
Good luck, let me know.

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