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On a saturn 2000 ls 2.2 liter engine do i have to take off timing beit covers can i just change the water pump

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No, you should only have to remove the accessory drive belt. Remember to drain your cooling system, so you all your coolant doesnt spill out when you remove your water pump. Also, it is easier to remove the water pump from the passenger wheel opening, jack you car remove the tire and the inner fender splash shield and it should make the job a lot easier. Hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

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