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Old 03-24-2006, 10:53 AM   #1
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Default Time to replace the water pump ******DONE!!

Yep it'* leaking. I am going to get at it tonight. I have read the Techinfo material and other topics. My main concern is the motor mount - not sure how difficult that'll be to remove.

I have ordered a water pump. Should that come with a gasket? Is there one needed?

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Most kits come with a gasket. I'd pop the box open at the parts store and double check though.

Look at this thread here. It was a 1995 SSEi, but it includes a bunch of stuff you'll need to know while making the change.
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The motor mount is pretty simple.

Support the motor with a jack (block of wood between jack and oil pan) under the oil pan. Unbolt the PS pump from the engine block, remove the body side of the torque axis mount (yes you'll need to remove passenger tire to do so. Then the engine side of the mount comes off with 3 nuts.
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i just did one on weds. its not bad at all. theres just several things to move. make sure you clean the old gasket surface really well.
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i just did one on weds. its not bad at all. theres just several things to move. make sure you clean the old gasket surface really well.
SE'* are completely different than SSEi.

Its not a hard job, it just takes time.
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i just did one on weds. its not bad at all. theres just several things to move. make sure you clean the old gasket surface really well.
SE'* are completely different than SSEi.

Its not a hard job, it just takes time.
how so? other than the */c belt. the accessory is the exact same.
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i just did one on weds. its not bad at all. theres just several things to move. make sure you clean the old gasket surface really well.
SE'* are completely different than SSEi.

Its not a hard job, it just takes time.
Not as different as you may think. Having done a 95 SSEi, 96-98 SE and a 97 SSEi there'* a couple different tubes or parts...but overall it'* the same basic setup.
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i just did one on weds. its not bad at all. theres just several things to move. make sure you clean the old gasket surface really well.
SE'* are completely different than SSEi.

Its not a hard job, it just takes time.
Not as different as you may think. Having done a 95 SSEi, 96-98 SE and a 97 SSEi there'* a couple different tubes or parts...but overall it'* the same basic setup.
ok so maybe not completely, but it took me about 3 hours all said and done. and I didn't have to remove the motor mount. I did remove the power steering one though.
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The supercharged series II and the normaily aspirated series I may not be as much work as the supercharged series I, but replacing the water pump on a supercharged '92/'93 is quite a bit of work. It took me roughly 5 1/2 hours for my '93 SSEi, and it was no picnic. I believe the dealership charges 5 or 6 hours of labor to replace the water pump.

In addition to removing the engine mount, you also have to remove the accessory bracket (or at least loosen it enough to move it out of the way). When you look at the design, you'll want to wring the necks of the GM engineers who designed it such that one bolt on the far left of the water pump is hidden behind the accessory bracket.
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Thanks for the responses. I am keeping virtually the whole weekend open for this job.

The water pump did come with a cork gasket. Should I also put a thin bead of water pump gasket maker to be on the safe side? I don't want to have to pull it apart again.
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