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How do I replace the Water Pump on a 1986 Honda Civic? I'm thinking of buying one from a private owner but it wont hold water. I'm told that it's the water pump but I would like to check it and see if it actually is the water pump or a cracked head. The guy drove it while it was running hot.

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Fill the radiator with water,then start it up and run it till its hot if its the water pump water will **** out of the seal.if its the head then the oil level will rise.......DO NOT BUY IT UNTIL YOU DO THIS.(unless its real cheap).

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