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Need to replace the water pump. Leaking water and making a grinding kind of noise.

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    MeghaMeghan Dec 05, 2008

    Grinding noise as well here. Was a small water leak a short time ago. Now make grinding rattling noise and lets out water as fast as we can put it in. Heater blows cold air when engine is hot!

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Jack the passenger side up take the tire off remove the plastic shield loosen the 3 bolts holding the pump pulley take the belt off and remove the pulleyfrom the pump and then you should get the pump out

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