Need to replace my shocks and my water pump how should i start and the process of doing this
Greetings: Do you have your tools ready? You will need rachets, sockets, wrenches, DW4, breaker bar, new water pump with gasket sealer, a torque wrench and energy.
Let's get started on the shock absorbers first and loosen up your lug nuts and raise the rear of your truck and place it securely on jackstands. Remove the rear wheels. Position a floor jack under the differential and raise the jack just enough to take the weight off the axle. Remove the shock absorber top and bottom mounting nuts/bolts (you might need some WD4 Lubricant on the nuts and bolts) and remove the shock absorber. Installation is the reverse of removal but please make sure the spacer is installed on the inner side of the shock absorber. Tighten the mounting nuts and bolts to the proper torque for you truck. Do the same procedure for the front shock absorbers. That wasn't too hard was it.
Now let's change the water pump. First turn off your radio in the car so that when we disconnect the batter negative post and hook it back up we will not damage key components of the radio. Now disconnect the cable from the negative side of the battery. Next drain the cooling system coolant from the radiator into a pan. Remove the fan and shroud (that's the protection around the fan). Make a quick drawing on how the fan or drivebelts are hooked up and then remove the belts. Remove the pulley at the end of the water pump. Loosen the clamps on the water hoses and pull the hoses from the water pump. They might be tough to come off so use a pair of adjustable pliers and use them to grab each hose near the end and twist it to break the seal and then pull them off of the water pump. You might have to cut them off if they have been on too long and deteriorated. When you get read to reinstall put on new hoses.
Remove anything else such as a timing belt cover, if it is holding the water pump in. Remove the bolts from the water pump that locks the pump to the engine. Remove the water pump. Now its time to install the new pump. Clean the bolt threads and threaded holes in the engine, also the top of the engine where the old gasket was with a scraper, and lacquer thinner to remove gasket material, corrosion and old sealant. This is very important make sure the new pump matches the old one exactly or you will have to start all over after the pump is assembled and the car is ready to go because it will leak when the car is hot and under pressure. After all is clean, apply a thin coat of gasket sealant to the engine side of the new gasket. Next apply a thin layer of gasket sealant to the new water pump and then carefully mate the gasket and water pump. Install the water pump to the top of the engine (cylinder head) and carefully attach the pump, gasket and seal to the engine. Secure the water pump with two nuts, finger tight. Now this is important, pry the water pump up toward the cylinder head and install the remaining bolts. Tighten the bolts and nuts to the proper torque for your truck in 1/4-turn increments. (don't over tighten or you could cause damage or problems. Reinstall all parts removed earlier in reversed order. Make sure the radiator outlet is closed and add new antifreeze and part water. Check the drive-belt tension and crank your engine and let it run while you look for leaks. Hope I have been helpful and good luck.
Oct 10, 2009 |
1991 Chevrolet K1500