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Old 03-21-2013, 07:57 PM   #31
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I didn't get bolts with the new pump, reused the old ones but the "pan" head seemed to cock slightly when torqued down...
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:42 AM   #32
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just wanted to add another thanks to this thread.

worth noting, as I've seen elsewhere across the internet, the water pump can be removed and reinstalled without pulling the motor mount and dropping the engine. It is tricky, and it only goes one way, but it can be done. I did it yesterday. Didn't have a torque wrench handy so didn't want to loosen the motor mount -- just took the 4 bolts out of the AC Compressor and hung it aside out of the way with a wire coathanger.

As has been mentioned, the trick to getting it out starts with flipping it 180 degrees so the impeller is pointing away from the engine block. Then you just have to rotate and twist it just right. It felt like one of those "magic trick" games where you try to free the ball from the cage and it will only come out one way... I can't really explain exactly how it's done, just be patient and keep trying. and then reverse it to get the new one in.

also, thanks to this thread I decided to go ahead and replace the overflow reservoir bottle - I had noticed that I was losing coolant, but pretty slowly... couldn't find any leaks around any hoses or around the thermostat housing, no cracks in the radiator, etc. After I took the old bottle out (which was yellow and really nasty looking down in there), I could see a couple of those hairline cracks on the very bottom of it.
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:48 PM   #33
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You know you rock, right??
I *knew* I was right and the auto parts guys are going to eat crow!! ;-)

I've been looking for this all over the 'Net, no diagrams for the DOHC engines with the water pump on the accessory belt!

Me, I've got the Guinea Pig model, 2000 and while I am glad I can work on it myself, it always helps to have the correct information!!!
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Old 11-14-2014, 11:52 AM   #34
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Hey guys new member here and first post. Had my 2001 ZX3 for about 1 1/2 years now and done a fair amount of rebuilding. I've decided it's time for this. Only reason I haven't done it yet is because I've been afraid of it.

Anyway, I've got a slow leak coming from somewhere and I changed (almost) all hoses this time last year. So I've got a few more to check before taking on this project. Am I only one who feels like this would be a great car if they didn't start falling apart at ~150k miles?

So thanks for this and everyone who has had input. It'll really help people who either can't or won't get rid of their old Foci.
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Aloha, new here...hello ?

Thanks for the helpful tips, I've gotten to the part where I pulled all the 4 bolts out of the pump, but the pump won't budge.

I've tried the classic tap with a hammer which has moved to a screw driver/pry bar and a 4# sledge. Any of you guys ever had a pump get stuck? My only other idea is to find a steel bar and drill holes so I can attach it to the pump.

Thanks!
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