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Old 07-28-2003, 03:36 PM   #1
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Default water pump replacement on 97 impreza

Have any one replaced a water pump on a 1.8 - 2.2 engine?

How hard is it?
how much time does it take?
Can it be done in a parking lot?
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Old 07-28-2003, 05:40 PM   #2
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It can be done, and it not terribly hard, but it will be time consuming. It's been while since I did mine, and I had the engine out of the car at the time...

I know I had to remove the crankshaft pulley, timing belt covers and timing belt. With the engine in the car, you will most likely have to remove at least the radiator fans and upper radiator hose...it would probably make life easier to remove the radiator altogether (unless you have a 4EAT, which removing the radiator would mean loosing tranny fluid, just one more thing to worry about.) Removing the radiator would also eliminate the possibility of puncturing it while removing the crankshaft pulley. You may also have to remove the A/C and power steering pump brackets as well.

You might as well have a new timing belt and thermostat ready to put in when you do the change as well. Also, make sure you have a vice, press or something similar so that you can compress the timing belt tensioner when you go to reinstall the timing belt.
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Old 07-29-2003, 02:48 PM   #3
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can a car drive with a broken water pump? (say 2000 miles?)

is there a sure way to know if pump is dead?
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Old 07-29-2003, 06:31 PM   #4
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I would highly recommend against driving the car with a dead water pump for long distances.

What makes you think that the water pump is dead in the first place?

As for telling whether its dead its kinda hard to tell unless the you dig into it. If it's seized, chances are good the car wouldn't be running very well. If the bearing is going, then it would most likely be very noisy.
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how long do they last?
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