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97 blazer: i change a waterpump..do i have to remove the radiator

Customer Question

how do i change a waterpump on s-10 97 blazer ,do i have to remove the radiator???
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Dan replied 8 years ago.

No, the radiator does not need to be removed. Here are the directions to replace the water pump ok.

Water Pump Replacement (4.3L)

Removal Procedure

  1. Drain the coolant from the radiator. Refer to Cooling System Draining and Filling .
  2. Remove the drive belt. Refer to Drive Belt Replacement in Engine Mechanical-4.3L.
  3. Remove the upper fan shroud. Refer to Fan Shroud Replacement .
  4. Remove the cooling fan and clutch assembly. Refer to Fan Clutch Replacement .
    Object Number: 42879  Size: SH

  5. Remove the water pump drive pulley.
  6. Loosen the radiator outlet hose clamp.
  7. Remove radiator outlet hose from the water pump.
    Object Number: 42880  Size: SH
  8. Remove the water pump attaching bolts.
    Object Number: 42882  Size: SH

  9. Remove the water pump from the engine.
    Object Number: 42884  Size: SH

  10. Remove the water pump gaskets.
  11. Ensure that all mating surfaces are clean and free of gasket material or burrs.

Installation Procedure


    Object Number: 42884  Size: SH

  1. Install the water pump gaskets.
    Object Number: 42882  Size: SH

  2. Install the water pump to the engine.
  3. Apply a sealer (GM P/N 12346004) to the bolt threads.
    Object Number: 42880  Size: SH

    Notice: Use the correct fastener in the correct location. Replacement fasteners must be the correct part number for that application. Fasteners requiring replacement or fasteners requiring the use of thread locking compound or sealant are identified in the service procedure. Do not use paints, lubricants, or corrosion inhibitors on fasteners or fastener joint surfaces unless specified. These coatings affect fastener torque and joint clamping force and may damage the fastener. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners in order to avoid damage to parts and systems.

  4. Install the water pump attaching bolts.

    Tighten
    Tighten the attaching bolts to 41 N·m (30 lb ft).

  5. Place the radiator outlet hose clamp loosely on the end of the hose.
  6. Connect the radiator outlet hose to the water pump.
  7. Tighten the radiator hose clamp.

    Tighten
    Tighten the clamp to 2.5 N·m (22 lb in).


    Object Number: 42879  Size: SH

  8. Install the water pump drive pulley.
  9. Install the fan clutch. Refer to Fan Clutch Replacement .
  10. Install the cooling fan.
  11. Install the multiple ribbed accessory drive belt. Refer to Drive Belt Replacement in Engine Mechanical-4.3L.
  12. Install the upper fan shroud. Refer to Fan Shroud Replacement .
  13. Fill the radiator with the specified coolant and concentration. Refer to Cooling System Draining and Filling .
  14. Inspect the cooling system for leaks. Refer to Cooling System Leak Testing .

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