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Help changing water pump

Having problems getting to the water pump to change it

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  • mike gonzale Sep 03, 2008

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If your suzuki is a V6, You will need to remove the timing chain cover. The water pump is mounted behind it. It looks tough but really isnt. Remove the fan and radiator. The power steering pump and mount, And finally Crankshaft pulley. A tip to remove the big nut on the crankshaft is as follows.
Put a Torque bar with socket on the nut and turn it manually to your right, Until the bar touches the chasis, then go inside and give the engine a slight crank, Half of second or so and its done the bolt will be loose. After this be patient. you will have to remove about 30 10mm screws that hold the cover on. Slightly tap the cover and it should slide right off. The water pump has 4 screws, Just make sure you cover up the oil pan so the antifreeze does not go in there. when you remove the pump you will get about a quart of liquid flying out. Now make sure to inspect timing chain guides for wear and replace the crank oil seal A MUST!. And check the oil pump chain for play and adjust it if needed.
This chain is small and located below the crankshaft to your right. It has a manual adjuster.Other than that its not that dificult. Now if you think you are not capable of doing this on your own DONT!.
Get some help. Take care and best of luck. J.B

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