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Hello, Have you ever changed the water pump on a 99 Mazda 626 V6? The Hayes manual I have in generic for several years including 4 cly and I don't recall it saying anything about taking off the tire and inner fender wells. Some of the pictures show cars that had slightly different design changes from earlier models so they are not accurate. I would like to see pictures from an actual Mazda repair manual if possible.
I was looking for more info like
Step 1) Jack up car and remove right tire
Step 2) Remove right splash guards.
Step 3) Support upper motor mount
all the way till the water pump is removed. Is there anyway you can do this for me?
William, I just got back into town from a trip to Louisville, KY.
I have all the necessary tools to do the job (ie: floor jack, jack stands, vise, torque wrench, sockets, air compressor, etc. I am one that just works better with detailed steps and pictures on something I have never done before since I am used to working on old V8's and not much on front wheel drives.
I have not done TDC alignment on a FWD V6 but have on a V8. Nor have I replaced a timing belt on a FWD yet but have done lots of other repairs on my vehicles. Do you have to take the belt covers off before you can see the timing marks on the belt gear?
I may have to go and buy a Mazda manual for my sons car if it has more detail. The Haynes manual I have covers both MX6 & 626 so there is a variation of pictures from both cars plus 4 cyl. What city do you live in?
Thanks, my sons car overheated and leaked water it appeared by the radiator. The hose seamed like there was some leaking around it from pressure and at first I thought it might have been a stuck thermostat so I changed it on the road, retightened the hose and then refilled the water and the leak up front seemed to be gone. When he got the car home it puked all the water on the right side of the engine down by the main pulley under where the water pump is so since I can't see the weep hole as you stated I am "assuming" it is the water pump.
I have an old pressure tester but I don't think I have an adaptor that will work for the Mazda. I will take what you have said so far into consideration if I do the repair. Thanks.