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Old 09-19-2003, 08:33 PM
jcyuhn jcyuhn is offline
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Update. Pulled the water pump again Thursday night. (Wife is out of town, can tinker on cars every night. Is this good or bad?) I'm getting better every time - 50 minutes from a complete car to having the pump on the bench.

Checked the mating surfaces; they looked good. Cleaned everything up with a degreaser, removed all traces of grease from the pump, flange, and o-ring. Put it back together dry. It was perfect, right from the start. My problem was too much grease - it doesn't take much to cause a problem.

The shop manual doesn't say to use grease or anything else. Given the snug fit of the o-ring in the water pump, I think that's the thing to do.

Gotta love that hard earned success.

- JimY
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