I hv 2004 v8 cherokee w a defective water pump and thermostat. I thought I could replace this myself, but halfway in I realized I need an impact wrench (which I'm not going to buy...I'm not mechanical and won't use it but this once) to get the pump bolts off. So, I need to drive my car about a mile to the repair joint.
Should I a.) leave the drained coolant out for that short drive or b.) refill it, not knowing if I can properly go through the bleed process bc my water pump is jacked. In case it's not obvious, I'm in over my head and just need some solid advice. Thanks.
Honestly, with the V8, if you have pump issues and have already drained the coolant, have it towed to the shop. Unless its literally right around the corner. I wouldn't drive it at all with a bad water pump. With the problems that come with overheating the aluminum heads of the V8, dont even chance it. And for the record, there is no reason at all you should be using an impact wrench on the water pump.
2002 Overland - 4.7 HO, "Select-Drive", 4" RC long arms, TAG front winch bumper, 32" BFG KM's, 3" exhaust, Magnaflow hi-flow cat, Flowmaster 50 series
So yeah, I was just being a wuss. Ok, so in the video I watched on doing this, it said I needed to be sure to put the new bolts in to ' manufacturers specifications'. Another amateur question, but how do I do that? Should I just tighten them up as I would any other bolt and call it good? Thanks again for the help.