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$1000 is absurd! I would get another opinion; anyway here is your procedure:
You don't need the special tool it calls out for to remove fan from water pump; just leave the belt on, to hold the water pump still; then use a long punch or screwdriver, and hammer, and strike the flat of the fan driver, in order to spin it off counter clock wise
The water pump on all models can be removed without discharging the air conditioning system (if equipped)
The water pump on all gas powered engines is bolted directly to the engine timing chain case/cover.
On all 3.9L/5.2L/5.9L gas powered engines, a gasket is used as a seal between the water pump and timing chain case/cover.
If water pump is replaced because of bearing/shaft damage or leaking shaft seal, the mechanical cooling fan assembly should also be inspected. Inspect for fatigue cracks, loose blades or loose rivets that could have resulted from excessive vibration. Replace fan if any of these conditions are found. Also check condition of the thermal viscous fan drive. Refer to Viscous Fan Drive in this group.
Do not waste reusable coolant. If solution is clean, drain coolant into a clean container for reuse.
WARNING: CONSTANT TENSION HOSE CLAMPS ARE USED ON MOST COOLING SYSTEM HOSES. WHEN REMOVING OR INSTALLING, USE ONLY TOOLS DESIGNED FOR SERVICING THIS TYPE OF CLAMP, SUCH AS SPECIAL CLAMP TOOL (NUMBER 6094) SNAP-ON CLAMP TOOL (NUMBER HPC-20) MAY BE USED FOR LARGER CLAMPS. ALWAYS WEAR SAFETY GLASSES WHEN SERVICING CONSTANT TENSION CLAMPS.
CAUTION: A number or letter is stamped into the tongue of constant tension clamps. If replacement is necessary, use only an original equipment clamp with a matching number or letter.
CAUTION: Do not pry the water pump at timing chain case/cover. The machined surfaces may be damaged resulting in leaks.
CAUTION: When installing the serpentine accessory drive belt, the belt must be routed correctly. If not, engine may overheat due to water pump rotating in wrong direction. Refer to Belt Routing - 3.9L/5.2/5.9L Engines with A/C Belt Routing - 3.9L/5.2/5.9L Engines without A/C for correct belt routing. The correct belt with correct length must be used
That estimate was from a Dodge dealership! I denied the work because I felt it rediculous. I bought the pump and the gasket, but I keep reading about other parts on differnt online sources. One talks about an O ring on the heater hose that will have to be replaced, others list different parts. I just want to have all parts and tools ready when I take this on. So, other than the pump and gasket, which I already have, what parts will definately need replacing just to complete this task.
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