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jeff
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11/23/2002
14:40:07

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who has ever changed a water pump on a 99 dodge dak or close it , how much of a pain is it?



Tom
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11/23/2002
19:38:13

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I replaced a water pump on my 97 Dakota when I changed out my timing chain. Compared to other vehicles, it's really not all that bad. Atleast all the bolts were the same size; 14mm I believe. The biggest trouble is getting the hoses off and back on, but you will have that with all water pumps. Give yourself a few hours and make a diagram of the water pump out of some cardboard or something like. The reason for the diagram is to know where you took the bolts out of so you can replace them easier. Hope this helps.



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11/23/2002
19:55:13

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jeff -- Forgot to let you know that when you replace the water pump, you will need to torque it to specs; which I do not know off hand but if you can not find them, let me know and I can get those to ya. After you torque them down, put it all back together and run it for a few days. After that you will need to re-torque the bolts. Yes, they will more then likely be loose. No biggy. Its normal. If they are not loose, check again in a few weeks.



h250r4trx
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12/03/2002
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I just replaced the water pump on my 97. I have never done a water pump before so I can't compare the difficulty of it to anyhting else. I couldn't get the radiator shroud out with out taking off the fan. The fan is connected to the water pump so you wont be able to take out the shroud. I loosened the shroud, and worked under it. The bolts were easy to get to, but there was one hose on the top of the water pump that was a real pain in the ass. After I got the the pump out, I had to take off the fan, and bolt it up to the new water pump. Overall, I say it was relitivly easy, just time consuming. Which made it frustrating because of it's simplicity and the amount of time it was taking me.



JohnEdward
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2/15/2003
15:56:32

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I am changing a water pump on a 98 Dakota... and was looking for but didn't find the torque specs... and would I just use a regular torque ratchet on them?? and what little things would someone suggest ( like hints ) to make this as simple as possible.



JKnPA
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2/15/2003
16:38:06

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My Haynes manual "87-96" says 30 ft-lbs (all) for V6 & V8.
@ ref; pg. 3-1

John.....



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4/19/2004
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Just replaced the water pump on 1991 v-6 dakota took it off two times, third time was not the charm....the darn thing is leaking somewhere I can hear it sucking air, the oil is clear ,the coolant was clear , plugs in good condition, any advice.



DURP
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4/20/2004
03:59:48

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Jeff... I have a 99 V6 and the water pump went out last year. I'm don't know much about working on cars and I replaced mine by myself. Wasn't that hard. Had to borrow a torque wrench and get the specs, don't remember those though.

I made darn sure that it was sealed really well... haven't had any leaking problems.



Randy
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4/28/2004
13:55:55

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My 1999 Dodge Dakota (V6) has needed 3 water pumps in less than 66,000 miles. Does anyone know why this is happening? Does Dodge have serious water pump defects?



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