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Removal of water pump on 1997 buick park avenue, Yes and im

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Removal of water pump on 1997 buick park avenue
JA: Has the vehicle ever overheated? And when was it last serviced?
Customer: Yes and im not sure just bought vehicle
JA: What is the make/model of your car?
Customer: Buick park avenue
JA: What year is your '97 Park Avenue?
Customer: 1997
JA: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes. Stuck on removal of motor mount
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Buick
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 8 months ago.

Hi! Welcome to JustAnswer. Thanks for coming! I'm Ron and I'll be working with you on your question today.

For easier viewing/printing, I've wrapped up the procedures to remove the motor mount and water pump into a PDF file. Download the PDF file here:

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Customer: replied 8 months ago.
How to take power steering wheel off?
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 8 months ago.

No need to take the power steering pulley off. Rotate the pulley until the hole in the pulley face lines up with the rear water pump bolts. Then use a small extension on your socket and access the bolt through the pulley.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Motor mount bolt is behind wheel cannot remove without taking off the wheel
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 8 months ago.

To remove and replace the power steering pump pulley will require a special tool set:

  • J 25034-B Pulley Remover
  • J 25033-B Installer

You can usually rent this tool set from most local big-chain parts stores. Here is a look at the tool while installed to remove the pulley:

Expert:  Ron Z. replied 8 months ago.

The better option in this case, would to be to unmount the power steering pump and just set it aside. No need to remove the fluid lines or anything. Unbolt it and you'll have a little swing room to move it around and gain the access you'll need.

Expert:  Ron Z. replied 8 months ago.

Here's a look at the power steering pump mounting bolts:

Expert:  Ron Z. replied 8 months ago.

Hi! I noticed this Q&A was still open, so I wanted to check in and see how you made out? Did you get the water pump replaced? Any other questions you had? Was there something you wanted addressed that I may have missed in my answer? Did you find my answer helpful?

Expert:  Ron Z. replied 8 months ago.