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Old 12-30-2007
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Help on Replacing the Water Pump!

Hey guys maybe you can help me with this. I need to replace my water pump, and i'm woundering if you have to have any special tools to get the fan off. Has anyone every done this? What all does it take to get to it?

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OH it's a 2002 Ford Ranger 3.0L Flex
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Same as mine: first thing is -- they are left hand thread. In other words, you have to turn it like you're tightening it to get it off.

There's a special tool to get them off, but I just used a chisel and whacked the corner of the big hex nut that holds the fan clutch to the pulley.

Once you get it loose, you just spin it off. Let it lay in the shroud, and take the shroud off with it (2 bolts hold in the shroud, and it just clips in at the bottom) if you can't get it past the shroud.

Remember, you'll be whacking it downward on the drivers side to take it off. It'll feel "wrong" to you -- your mind will tell you you're tightening it, lol. But that's the direction it spins off.

4.0's are just the opposite.
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I used a set of channel locks and held the pulley on the shaft behind the fan and used a 16 in. crescent wrench to thread off the fan itself. Did it about 3 months ago. Plan on a good solid day to do it and do it right. Make sure you have RTV sealant too, hate to not have any and have to run out to get some.
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you will need a strap wrench to hold the pulley then loosen the fan clutch.

i'll take a pic of mine when i get to work today
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Yes if you do it right, lol. If you use the "whack it with a chisel" method, the pulley movement isn't a problem -- but the way I did it isn't the "correct" way to do it -- it's a "Griggs Rig"...
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There was no movement when I used the channel locks either Plus I already owned the channel locks too
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using the "whack it with a chisel" method is ok if the water pump is already bad, doing this will shorten the life of the pump bearings and seals.

this is a pic of my tool for holding the pulley

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Make sure you have RTV sealant too, hate to not have any and have to run out to get some.
you really shouldnt use RTV on the pump gasket, rather some copper spray on gasket stuff.


but then again, what do i know
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Dragging this up...I'm having a hard time finding an answer here..I want to replace my water pump..I know you need to pull aside the ac/ps pump bracket to get to the hidden bolt on the water pump..I pulled out two bolts from the side of the block and one loooong one from the front of the bracket..It wont budge..Are there any other bolts on the ac/ps bracket? Any pics ? any tips?

thanks guys..
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Same answer we gave on RPS - there are 2 more, one hiding in the webs of the front and one in the far bottom back corner of the bracket.
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What answer on RPS ? did I miss a link ? I didn't post over there?

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Found this http://www.rangerpowersports.com/for...d.php?t=188941

Is that what you are talking about..Is there a reason the pics do not show up anymore?

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The pictures would really be nice.
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Where are the two bolts on the side of the AC/PS bracket? Are they under the AC compressor? Or are they lower on the side of the block further down?
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I think I'm going to get the Dremel out and grind the back of the bracket about a 1/16in or so.
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