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Unread 02-04-2011, 07:52 PM   #1
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Very depressed.

So I went to replace my water pump tonight. Suffice it to say, I have a major cut/bump on my cheekbone, and one of the water pump bolts snapped off still in the pump and the block. So I'm F&%ked. Anyone have any idea how much this is gonna cost me to have a shop pull?

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Unread 02-04-2011, 08:09 PM   #2
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Did you get the pump off? Maybe the bolt is sticking out of the block enough that you can get it out. Replacing the pump isn't too bad a job just a bit tedious. I would give it another go tomorrow after you have rested and don't let it get you down. Did you remove the fan and shroud first?
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Unread 02-04-2011, 08:11 PM   #3
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are you still able to remove the pump? Theres a reason theres more than one bolt holding it in (the rest are back ups!)
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Unread 02-04-2011, 08:28 PM   #4
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Only the head of the bolt came off - if I take off - and that's a bif if, considering, would I be able to pull off the pump? Is the head/clamping power of the bolt all that hold sit on, or is it threaded into the pump too?
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Unread 02-04-2011, 08:48 PM   #5
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Typically only one component is ever threaded. The water pump is about the only thing I haven't replaced yet so I can't say for sure but I'm willing to bet it's the block that's threaded in this case.
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Unread 02-04-2011, 08:57 PM   #6
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The pump will come off as long as the head is gone. Assuming it broke clean at the head as many do there will be a little of the bolt sticking out once the pump is removed. The bolt may come out easily as there is no pressure on it now, or it could be stuck a little in the block, but I believe you can do the job. If I get frustrated when working on something it usually helps to walk away and try again later after I have calmed down. I worked on a stuck engine mount once for three hours and was no closer then than when I started, the next morning it took 15 minutes to remove the mount.
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Unread 02-04-2011, 08:57 PM   #7
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Pull the rest of the bolts. you may have to remove the PS bracket so you can pull straight back, after that, soak that bolt in penetrationg oil, hit it with heat, and repeat back and forth. Grab what remains of the bolt with vicegrips and get it out of there. Then go buy some new bolts and have at it.
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Unread 02-04-2011, 08:59 PM   #8
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Thanks for the advice and support guys, I'm gonna tackle it again in the morning with a clear head
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Unread 02-04-2011, 09:08 PM   #9
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Night is the worst, you will just think about it the whole time. I promise though, relax and grab a beer, you can do it.

First time doing a Budget boost, took me 7 days before I gave up and had a friend do the front pucks. Next time, 20 minutes to take the tire off, spring out, puck in, back together.
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Unread 02-04-2011, 10:05 PM   #10
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So, did you punch yourself in the face with a wrench hard enough to nearly knock yourself out? That's the best.
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Unread 02-04-2011, 11:08 PM   #11
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Good advice here. I'll be tackling this myself soon, along with the rest of the cooling system.

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Been there. That's a good quote.
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Unread 02-05-2011, 12:50 AM   #12
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So, did you punch yourself in the face with a wrench hard enough to nearly knock yourself out? That's the best.
When I was removing my harmonic balancer I thought it was a good idea to have the socket pop off the bolt so I could get a breaker bar to the face. We've all been there
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Unread 02-05-2011, 04:32 AM   #13
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Unread 02-05-2011, 05:01 AM   #14
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Get the pump off and spray the stud with some PB Blaster. Wait, repeat, wait, repeat. No need to rush the process. I have let stuck bolts set over night with PB Blaster working on them and come morning they tun out nicely.
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Unread 02-05-2011, 05:47 AM   #15
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had a stubborn bolt break lose once on the side of car and i fell forward and broke my nose on the edge of the hood. Everyone at one point or another has f'ed themselves up on their rides.
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