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Old 01-15-2013, 02:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently had my water pump replaced and there is a seep from the gasket and what looks like pulp from the gasket comming through on top. What is the best way to remove the water pump, and re gasket it?

I've heard just use gasket shellac, I've also heard use the "right stuff" and use that as the gasket as well. And I've also been told plain old permatex grey or black and a regular gasket.

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I just would use a regular gasket and a thin line of silicone. Myself I usually use Ultra Copper beacuse it has a high heat rating. Never had a problem with it.
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I use permatex gray for the waterpump on both sides of the gasket. I have used black and super blue all will in this application. Just have the right temperatures and let it cure before you add coolant.


Make sure the bolts that need thread sealant has it on when you reinstall. I think it is the larger diameter bolts.

Are you sure it is the water pump and not the timing chain cover. Is it leaking on the firewall side top at the rear bank inlet side to the water pump?

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Clean the gasket mating surfaces. Then use Gasgacinch to seal up the gasket. I use this product and have never had a leak from a component that was installed with it.
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Timing cover looks good. That was done with the water pump. I'd take it back but by the time I pay for the discounted parts or labor I can have it done in way less time for less. Thanks everyone!
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One suggestion is that when you take off the pump you will remove two bolts that go through the timing cover right where it is prone to leaking. Be gentle removing the pump, no pounding to break the seal. If your mechanic didn't do the pump gasket right the cover may start leaking.
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