So SaturdayI finally got around to doing the waterpump on the Grand Marquis. The old one had pretty much had it. This past week it was leaking quite a bit of antifreeze, which was getting on the belt and causing it to squeal, and the interior would smell like antifreeze whenever you had the air on thanks to fumes being sucked in from the engine bay.
This was actually a pretty easy job (all cars should have their waterpumps so easily accessible). It took more time to get it off than on, the fan shroud was a pain because there was no way to get it off without taking the fan assembly off (which is bolted to the waterpump), which is harder to do thanks to the shroud being in the way. That and I didn't have a wrench big enough to get around the hex shaped part of the fan shaft, and the clutch removal kit the parts tore had was too big. Ended up using a pipe wrench...did the job. With the fan and the shroud out of the way, there's tons of room to work.
The the pump's pulley was rusted to the pump, so that to some gentle prying with a big screwdriver to get it off. The waterpump itself was easy to unbolt (only 4 easy accessible bolts), however it had fused itself to the engine and required about 10 minutes worth of hammering with a mallet to break the seal and get it off. That took a good 3 or 4 hours to do.
One it was off and cleaned up, everything went back on easily, took about an hour I'd say to get it all back together, maybe less.
Runs so much quieter now without the noise coming from the worn bearings of the old pump or the squeal of the old belt. Automatic tensioners FTMFW! Also the air that comes into the interior smells like..air...what a crazy concept.
On a related note, it's so nice to have a level driveway and a garage I can actually use to be able to do work on.