Originally Posted by 94_Concorde
Honestly, I didn't know there was a six bolt water pump on the 3.5... I just pulled the W/P off of our 97 Intrepid and it was a three bolt. I do have some questions for you though...
- Did you take the aluminum housing off the back of the timing compartment?
- If so, was it hard to do (and what did you have to unbolt)?
- How many seals did you replace and where did you buy them from?
I'm asking this because I'm fixing up our 97 Intrepid (3.5) that was in a wreck and it cracked the timing housing on the passenger side. I've got parts coming and hopefully will get that done later this week.
Yes I am talking about the aluminum housing of the timing compartment. When I was at the yard I grabbed this part from a 97 LHS that had a build date of 6/97.(there was a 97 LHS there with a build date of 10/96 and it had the three bolt water pump)
I have not replaced the seals yet...I have a spare 3.5L engine that a have been working on to familiairize myself with the engine, so that is why I toying with the six bolt water pump(waiting for mine to leak again of course)
To remove that timing cover, you need to move the A/C compressor and loosen the mounting bracket that hold the compressor.
The hard part is you need to pull the cam gear off, then you can access all the bolts, all of the housings at the yard came off after some banging them around.
Once you have the cover off you will notice two small O-rings that go into the block of the engine, and one large o-ring beind the water pump.
It does seem that the 2 gen 3.5L do not have this water pump issue, I know all 2 gens have the six bolt design.