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2004 Suzuki Forenza: I am removing the water pump..timing belt..bolts

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I am removing the water pump from a 2004 Suzuki Forenza. I have removed the timing belt and the bolts for the water pump. The pump seems to be stuck of frozen in place and will not come out. How do I get it out?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 5 years ago.

Welcome to! My name is DriveFast71(Ron) and I will do my best to answer all of your questions completely and accurately.


What usually happens here, is that the rubber o-ring just makes a tight seal and over time, build-up makes it sticky like glue. Using a small rubber mallet, give the front of the pump a couple of light taps, it should pop free.



Water Pump Removal and Installation

  • Drain the engine cooling system to a level below the thermostat housing.
  • Remove the timing belt.
  • Remove the timing belt tension roller retaining bolt.
  • Remove the timing belt tension roller.
  • Remove the water pump mounting bolts.
  • Remove the water pump from the engine block
  • Remove the ring seal from the water pump
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I have hit it with the rubber mallet several times and it is still not budging
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 5 years ago.
Then you'll have to carefully pry it out. The only thing holding it in place is the mounting bolts and the o-ring behind. The o-ring usually swells, and the additives in the coolant make it thick and "grabby" like gluey-tar.
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 5 years ago.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Is there anything I can tear up on the block?
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 5 years ago.
Not really. If you look at the diagram I sent above, you'll see it just "fits" in the hole. As long as you are not keeping the pump, you can also try to "rotate" the pump by tapping it with a hammer and screwdriver. This sometimes breaks the "seal" and will free it up.
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