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Old 07-21-2008, 03:16 PM   #1
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dodge caravan water pump

okay i know this isnt a focus related problem but people here are so helpful i figured id giver er' a shot.
A friend of mine has a 99 dodge caravan and he needs instructions on how to change the water pump.
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Old 07-21-2008, 05:35 PM   #2
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> he needs instructions on how to change the water pump.

Buy a Haynes or Chilton's manual... they really aren't that expensive.
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Depends on the engine. If it's a 2.6 Mitsu 4 cyl.. hang it up now. There's about a 12" bolt that holds the water pump on. As far as I remember if it's an OHC engine, then the water pump will be in the timing cover spun by the timing belt, so you might as well do a timing belt and tensioner at the same time- if the mileage is sufficient to consider it in the first place.

For the v6 engines, you'll need to remove all the accessories, don't disconnect the AC hoses, you should be able to lay the compressor off to the side with the hoses still attached. It will fit somewhere out of the way, not sure where without looking. The water pump is on the front- remove everything that's in the way until you can remove it. I'd use the gasket and a thin layer of blue RTV.

Enjoy, this will be a day long project.
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Old 07-22-2008, 07:33 AM   #4
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allpar.com is the best place for FWD chrysler info and links from that era. There is a lot of info on the web, and probably worth searching under dodge daytona, as there are a lot of enthusiasts that own and work on those, and the engineering is about the same. Most of the caravan's had the 3.0 Mitsubishi or MMC V6, which is a SOHC, with the water pump located high in the center and driven by the timing belt as has been stated. There is a long tube under the intake manifold which seals into the back of the pump with an o-ring on that motor, important to get the o-ring in properly if swapping the pump body.
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yeah give me an engine and I will give you the procedure.
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Old 07-22-2008, 03:40 PM   #6
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okay i know this isnt a focus related problem but people here are so helpful i figured id giver er' a shot.
A friend of mine has a 99 dodge caravan and he needs instructions on how to change the water pump.
Any help is appreciated.
^^My wife and I have a '98 Town & country. The water pump went on ours this past winter, and it took 7 hrs to complete at the stealership. Cost was $630.00 parts and labor, don't forget to replace the time belt when in there(coolent leaks and degrades it) From what I found on the internet and two dealers. Sorry I could help but here's a dealer cost. Good Luck!!
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tell your friend im sorry....
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its the 3.0L
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Drain cooling system.
remove accessory belt and keep note of installation position.
remove all accessories and bracket that are in the way of timing cover( sorry for some reason all data does not list these steps)
remove timing cover.
Mark timing belt running direction for installation.
Loosen timing belt tensioner bolt and remove timing belt.
Remove crankshaft sprocket flange shield
Remove water pump mounting bolts.
Separate pump from water inlet pipe and remove water pump.
Clean all gasket and O-ring surfaces on pump and water pipe inlet tube.
Install new O-ring on water inlet pipe. Wet the O-ring (with water) to ease assembly. CAUTION: Keep the O-ring free of oil or grease.
Install new gasket on water pump and install pump inlet opening over water pipe, press assembly to cause water pipe insertion into pump housing.
Install pump to block mounting bolts and tighten to 27 Nm (20 ft. lbs.).
Install timing belt tensioner and tensioner spring.
Hook spring upper end to water pump pin and lower end to tensioner bracket with hook out.
Turn timing belt tensioner counterclockwise full travel in adjustment slot and tighten bolt to temporarily hold this position.
Install timing belt on crankshaft sprocket and keep belt tight on tension side. Install belt on the front (radiator side) camshaft sprocket. Install belt on the water pump pulley, rear camshaft sprocket and finally on the timing belt tensioner.
Rotate the front camshaft sprocket in opposite direction to take up belt slack. Check that all timing marks are aligned.
Install crankshaft sprocket flange.
Loosen tensioner bolt and allow spring to tension timing belt.
Turn crankshaft two full turns in clockwise direction. Turn smoothly and in clockwise direction ONLY.
Align the timing marks on the sprockets and tighten the timing belt tensioner locking bolt to 25 Nm (250 inch lbs.) torque.
Reassembly belt covers, engine bracket, insulator, crankshaft pulleys, accessories and accessory drive belts in reverse order.
fill cooling system. start vehicle and check for leaks.
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