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Old 02-19-2010, 04:02 PM   #1
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Anyone do a Water Pump install?

I went to autozone today to get some parts... Got a water pump, lower radiator hose and some hose clamps.. anything else I need for an install?

Is there a write up somewhere on how to do it?

Here is a pic of the waterpump and junk
Price overall: hose - $12 ()
water pump - $24
hose clamps - $3


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Wife just did hers last fall.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/radi...d-r-36140.html

Only thing I can think of is some black goo (sealant) a good scraper to remove old gasket and a decent tool set.

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Old 02-19-2010, 04:18 PM   #3
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Thanks! So it would be easier to take out the radiator AND the fan? What tool(s) do I need to take fan off?
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:24 PM   #4
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Will I also need to take the belt off?
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:27 PM   #5
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man i am kicking my self right now for not doing this myself over last summer.
spent 500 bucks for the dealership to do it.
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:35 PM   #6
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Yeah I wanted to "try" and do it myself... Just not sure how yet lol I don't know how to get the fan off... If I can figure it out, it would help..
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Any particular reason you aren't changing all the hoses? Man if I was going that far in and going to the trouble of draining the radiator for the water pump change I would at least do the other hose at a minimum and probably do the heater hoses while I was at it.

What about fresh antifreeze?
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I do have antifreeze
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Wet dry shop vac. Take the top hose off turn on vac suck the coolant from rhe block no mess. You will thank me later. :-)
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Old 02-19-2010, 05:12 PM   #10
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First, you don't need to remove the radiator. I've replaced several water pumps on the TJ's 4.0L engine and the radiator absolutely does not need to come off.

Second, I would take that Auto Zone water pump back to Auto Zone and either get a refund for it or get them to replace it with the OE water pump if they can get it. I don't CARE if it came with a lifetime warranty. Their water pumps are so shoddily made that you'll be replacing it under their warranty well before you would with a decent quality water pump. I brought one home once only to take it back once I opened the box and saw how cheaply it was put together. I ended up going to the dealer to get it and gladly payed more for one that won't fail prematurely.

A lifetime warranty no longer means high quality, it only means they have calculated how many returns they expect & have priced it accordingly. But primarily, they expect few people to keep the vehicle much longer after replacing the water pump which means few returns for them. Their "lifetime warranty" is pure marketing gimmick and no indication of quality.

I kid you not, Auto Zone's water pumps are junk. What can you expect for only $24? I'll put cheap seat covers, cheap fuzzy dice, cheap cup holders, etc. into my Jeep but I'll never install cheap water pumps, alternators, starter motors, or anything else I will be depending on when I'm 50 miles from the nearest town.

One helpful hint when actually replacing the water pump. Make darned sure to take extra care to get every last shred/smidgen of old gasket off the engine block's water pump seating surface. Then scour it even cleaner with a nylon scrubber or similar. If that seating surface is not bright & shiney and scrupulously clean, the water pump will leak where it bolts to the block. Take your time on this part of it or in spite of the gasket, it will leak. And don't use any RTV, just use the paper gasket that should come with the water pump.
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First I would like to x1000 what Jerry sez, about the life time warranties and removing the old gasket. I would just like to add when I replace a gasket I like to pre condition the gasket with whatever it is it's gasketing against. Oil gasket rub oil on it first, anti freeze gasket rub anti freeze on it first, works for me. I wouldn't use a silicon sealer either. You might think about down loading a shop manual too, about $10.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:16 PM   #12
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I did mine when I had to replace my radiator, did my serp belt, hoses and clamps and all at the same time while I had it apart.

I followed THIS 4X4XPLOR WRITE UP and it went well, pretty easy actually.
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The only reason Amy pulled the radiator is because that was what she was in there to do in the first place. she replaced the water pump because it was easy to get to at the time and cheap to do.
I like using sealant because it makes sure there will be no leaks and it doesn't hurt anything. it also, in my opinion makes future changes easier. Your mileage may vary...
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I totally agree on the Autozone water pump. They are garbage. Get a good quality one and replace all the hoses while you are at it. I want to say Mogue is the one I put in my Jeep that lasted 180,000 miles when the original only lasted 74,000. Also change out the thermostat while it is torn apart and yes it must be totally smooth and clean or you will have a leaky pump. Jerry really knows what he is talking about.

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