I just like to know if I need to change my water pump or not. I have a bad leak around the pump area but the pump it self spins fine and the belt is just fine, now I would like to know if I still can use the same pump and replace the old gasket with new? Or I still have to get a new pump? Help me out caddy guys.
By the way, I have a 1999 Deville, over 140,000 miles with Jakes studs.
Automobile(s): White Diamond '03 DHS (with DTS floor shift)
Re: Water Pump Issue
It all depends on where the leak is. If it is the front cover gasket, that is all that needs to be replaced. If it is the rear O ring, likewise. If it is the shaft seal, then the pump needs to be replaced. Usually a leak is from the shaft seal.
I would also consider the cost of a new pump and the time invested in replacing the gasket if that's all that is needed.
If the pump is relatively inexpensive and you don't know the history of the old pump I replace it. IMO
After removing the water pump cover, the entire water pump capsule comes out using a special socket with tangs to rotate the pump clockwise about a quarter turn and out comes the whole thing; pulley, shaft, and impeller together. Either buy the socket at NAPA (a cheap one will bend and warp) or rent it from something like Auto Zone. You will need a helper to forcibly press the socket against the pump assembly or it will slip. The pump goes back in counterclockwise and make sure you lubricate the seal ring and lock the pump in the correct position.
A look at the new pump capsule will explain everything..............
Oh man, I should've waited for the answers from you guys because I was trying to take the crossover off! But I tighten the bolts back in and I'm glad I didn't take it off. I got the pump its self off already and the O-ring is gone. Looks like I found my problem. Now last question (I hope) how many gallons of anti-freeze does it take? Thanks!