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water pump leak

Postby James H » Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:09 pm

Hi all,

My deisel P reg (97), mk5 transit has recently started leaking coolant from the water pump, Ive got a replacement pump and looked at the haynes manual and it tells me that it is necessary to remove the radiator to replace the pump. was wondering if it is really necessary to remove the radiator or if there is a way you can do it without having to do this.

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Re: water pump leak

Postby rover » Wed Feb 20, 2008 7:25 pm

Its not at all necessary to remove the rad, it just makes cleaning the block easier after removing the pump, but I havent removed one for years :wink:

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Re: water pump leak

Postby Guy88 » Wed Feb 20, 2008 10:05 pm

Iv never removed the rad

Id do the timing belt at the same time thou
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Re: water pump leak

Postby alzee20 » Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:03 pm

i done my mk5 water pump yesterday, take the rad off, it is easy to do an makes the cleaning etc easier, u can also give it an the engine a good flush to get rid of a good bit of rusty colour!! plus do the timing easier.. heck it almost made it a pleasurable job an took me an hour an half to do it slowly!
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Re: water pump leak

Postby transitgeoff » Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:08 pm

i always take the rad off with the slam panel, why make hard work of it :? :? its as easy as pie once you can see what your doing...........TAKE THE RAD OUT :wink: :D
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Re: water pump leak

Postby kartracer1 » Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:29 pm

transitgeoff wrote:i always take the rad off with the slam panel, why make hard work of it :? :? its as easy as pie once you can see what your doing...........TAKE THE RAD OUT :wink: :D

Too right. Changed my pump recently and removing the rad makes it so much easier and i bet its quicker especially if timing cover bolts are tight! :wink:
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Re: water pump leak

Postby James H » Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:08 pm

Guy88 wrote:Iv never removed the rad

Id do the timing belt at the same time thou


Thanks for the advice guys, I'm thinking I should probably replace the timing belt as well then as it is most likely been contaminated with coolant. Is this something that you think can been done by a novice such as my self or is this a job for the a garage.

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Re: water pump leak

Postby Guy88 » Thu Feb 21, 2008 7:04 pm

Its a fairly easy job

you need NEW 13, 8 and 9mm drill bits

theres instructions on here and in the haynes manual
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