replacing water pump 5K SQ

Wallace White wallace at
Tue Aug 27 09:12:10 EDT 2002

David -

It's very doable by the home mechanic. It's typically done every 60k as
timing belt, water pump, tensioner, and (sometimes) crankshaft oil seal.
That last item turned out to be a real pain in my case.

The Bentley manual, Scott Mockry's web site (,
and some good but probably elusive write-ups in the archive explain the
process well. You do need two (?) special tools, though there are ways
around them.

- Wallace
   '87 5kcstq 189k

David Howard wrote:
> Has anyone done this procedure and can a relative novice mechanic
> accomplish
> it or should it be left to the pros?
> The car is overheating and boiling over.  I have changed the thermostat and
> flushed out the system but it continues.  Is there anything else I might
> try
> before a pump?

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