I recently changed the Water pump in my 97 ZJ, so I figured it was a great opportunity to do
my first writeup, so here goes...
1.- First you will need to drain all the coolant from the system, the radiator drain**** is at the bottom on the passenger side, please dispose of coolant responsibly.
2.- Loosen (but do NOT remove) the nuts holding the fan to the water pump, and remove the serpentine belt (the belt tensioner is at the power steering pump).
3.- As you can see here there is no space to remove the pump, so the fan & fan shroud need to come off.
4.- Remove the 2 nuts holding the fan shroud in place (shown opposite my belly
), and the nuts holding the Fan in place (the ones you loosened in step 2), this step was a PITA in my case.
5.- Here you can see how much more space there is after step 4.
6.- You will notice the Power steering pump is attached to a bracket, that is attached to the water pump (shown in picture below), so remove the PS pump (do not disconnect any PS hoses), and put it to the side, and remove the PS bracket.
7.- Here is the pump with bracket and PS pump removed.
8.- Remove the lower radiator hose, and the heater hose connected to a metal tube that goes to the water pump.
9.- Remove the bolts holding the water pump in place (one of the bolts is larger than the rest, remember where it goes), after this I TRIED to remove the pump, but noticed I could not remove it due to clearance issues with the metal tube between pulley and thermostat housing (see pic).
10.- So I decided to remove the thermostat housing and replace the t-stat while I was there,here is a pic of the t-stat with the housing removed.
11.- Clean all mating surfaces real good, for the water pump & thermo housing.
12.- You need to transfer the metal tube and the mounting studs for the fan to the new pump (note the position of the metal tube),I removed the studs with vise grips fairly easily. Here is a side by side old and new pumps.
13.- I used some RTV gasket sealant for the pump & thermostat housing (some people say you shouldnt do it, so its your choice).
14.- Installation is the reverse of removal, first the water pump.
15.- Then the housing (old one was in bad shape so I got a new one), and everything else !
- Carefull when removing the connector for the coolant temp sensor, it is brittle and brakes easily (dont ask how I know).
- Fill with 50/50 water coolant mix.
- Check the coolant for a few days after to make sure you dont have any leaks and since air will be purged from the system, you may need to add more coolant.
- Install time was about 4 Hrs including lunch break and going to the store for new thermostat & housing.
Thats it, hope it helps somebody out !!!