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Old 02-07-2008, 11:28 AM   #1
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Well, I'm changing the water pump and #9 pulley on my 96 SSEi today. Never done it before, but I have instructions. Just wanted to know if anyone had any tips for me, anything is appreciated!
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brace the motor, have air tools, access the hidden mount bolts through the ps pulley. Hope you have a warm place to do it.
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I replaced the water pump on my 94, and I gotta say it was the most pain the rear replacement I have ever done. I used to have a list of all the tools I used cause I never had the ones it needed, so sorry bout that. I know our engines are different, but make sure you have a good selection of sockets. I mainly used a 13 and 15 mm. I had a standard in there somewhere to, but I could of been a nasty metric. My car has around 250k on it, so I know I ain't the only monkey to swing in there.
I had to remove the alternator, powering steering pump, 2 tension pulleys, seriously, like everything on the front side.
Anyways, have fun and I feel for ya. I spent 3 weeks doing mine cause I didn't wanna smash the car to bits.
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maybe it'* harder on an SSEi?
i did mine in a day, and didnt touch the engine mount.
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I'm guessing, I change 2 water pumps on two separete 3300s' and they weren't bad.

The worst thing I have ever replaced, it'* kinda in a tie with the 3800 SC Water Pump, is the timing chain on a 77 olds. I had an 1/8 gap between the water lines to put a hose on, and plus, picking all the nylon chunks from the old gear in the oil pan was fun too.
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remember to remove the 4 bolts from the pulley, before you remove the belt.
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