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    noelcurt1 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Water pump removal on 1999 Cad Catera -

    I've taken the bolts out and after all I had to do to get there, it will not come out. Do you have to use a puller or what? I thought it was the gasket sealer or something, so put handle of hammer on the pump and hit that with another hammer, and it did not pop off. Did that again with a 2lb maul and still nothing. I don't want to damage the rest of the car, but know I need the old wp out before I can replace and start putting things back together, (not that I haven't felt like beating this car with a sledge hammer, or maybe the guy who engineered this pos).
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    Re: Water pump removal on 1999 Cad Catera -

    Quote Originally Posted by noelcurt1 View Post
    I've taken the bolts out and after all I had to do to get there, it will not come out. Do you have to use a puller or what? I thought it was the gasket sealer or something, so put handle of hammer on the pump and hit that with another hammer, and it did not pop off. Did that again with a 2lb maul and still nothing. I don't want to damage the rest of the car, but know I need the old wp out before I can replace and start putting things back together, (not that I haven't felt like beating this car with a sledge hammer, or maybe the guy who engineered this pos).
    noelcurt1
    Are you in there with front timing cover off? I recently changed mine and depending on how long it has been since last change it may be rusted in to the block. Not a big deal but you need to give it a few blows all around and get ready for about 6 litres of coolant to gush out. Mine was also stuck and I have seen the video from Omega Owners Forum (pretty expert people there in UK) and use of the hammer is almost mandatory. On a re-install use a very thin film of grease where the pump will touch the block to prevent or reduce future jamming. You can also use a very thin rubbing of grease on the O ring as well to ensure it stays seated properly. Don't throw away the original from the pump for a backup. I messed up mine as without noticing it fell out and coolant leak was there. I have to dis-assemble everything and re-used the old O ring and now everything is good.

    Good luck.

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