Finally got the pulley off last night.
It took a little persuation as bastard suggested.
I used a 2x2 with a hammer and pounded around
the perimeter of the pulley until it broke free.
The pulley was not damaged so it won't need replacing.
Once I got the pulley off, I could see the water pump was
leaking at the bottom most bolt, so I think it was
just a gasket failure. I attempted to tightened the bolt, but it
was already torqued on pretty good.
I was thinking about just replacing the gasket, but I guess I should go ahead and replace the pump just in case.
I drained the radiator and then removed the water pump.
Again, it took a little persuasion but it gave way.
I spent a few minutes trying to scrape off
the old gasket material, but I was tired and quit.
This morning, I compared the new water pump to the original.
One thing I noticed is the original water pump has two guide posts that help
you align and position it correctly during installation. The new pump does not. Even
worse, they drilled holes thru where the guide posts should be.
This creates an opportunity for leaks in my opinion.
I think I'll give the dealer a call and price a OEM water pump. If its not too spendy
I think I'll go for it.
Oh, one other thing. The guy at AutoZone suggested I replace the thermastat while I was at it. I really don't want to venture into something else right now.
Plus, the radiator hose didn't have to come off anyway. You think it'* worth doing?
My serpentine belt looks a little worn, so I will go ahead and replace that.
Overall, I feel things are progressing well. I did spill some coolant, but it mostly dried up by this morning.
I'll post back soon.
Also, any suggestions for easy gasket removal would be appreciated.