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I can't get to all the bolts out to replace the water pump. Any way to get to the water pump easier?

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U must remove the side engine mount and carefully jack the engine off and up to get to the bolts.

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1. First I removed the Air Intake tube.
2. Then I unscrewed the Fan Shroud. One bolt on either side at the top. The shroud slides in at the bottom.
3. Using rental tools, I loosened the main fan nut(shown). Yes, I am aware I still have the belt on.
3A. Fan and shroud removed

4. Loosen the Fan Pulley bolts. Having the belt still on puts tension on said pulley making it easier to get the bolts loose and off.
5. With the bolts loosened on the pulley, I removed the Serp. Belt
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6. I removed the Idler Pulley(pulley to the right of the alternator) for easier access to the water pump bolts. Saved some time and knuckles.
7. I drained the radiator. The drain plug is the plastic, white wing nut at the bottom, middle of the picture. It is just below the black tab the shroud slides into.
8. I removed all the bolts on the water pump. I believe there were 12 of them. Take your time. It's slow going and a bit frustrating. Here is a pic of the water pump removed.
8A. If you remove the lower Radiator Hose at the radiator, you can drain more of the coolant and avoid making a bit of a mess like I did.
9. I cleaned the sealing surface of the block with a scraper and a scouring pad. Again, take your time and be patient. You want a good seal.
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