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How do I replace the water pump on my 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Customer Question

How do I replace the water pump on my 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Jeep
Expert:  Eric replied 6 years ago.


is it a single over head cam? 2 wheel orXXXXX

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Not sure about cam. 4wd.
Expert:  Eric replied 6 years ago.



ok here is the directions for you:


4.7L Engine

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, please familiarize yourself with safety procedures.
  2. Drain the cooling system.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable Fan and clutch assembly from the pump Fan shroud and fan assembly. If you-re reusing the fan clutch, keep it upright to avoid silicone fluid loss! Drive belt Lower radiator hose from the water pump Water pump
  4. Clean the mating surfaces of all gasket material.


To install:

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Fig. Water pump torque sequence-4.7L engine


  1. Install or connect the following:

    Water pump using a new gasket. Torque the bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm). Lower radiator hose Drive belt Negative battery cable
  2. Fill and bleed the cooling system.
  3. Start the engine, check for leaks and repair if necessary.


Customer: replied 6 years ago.
How do I bleed the cooling system?
Expert:  Eric replied 6 years ago.

here is the best method to bleed it to ensure no air.

Raise front end about 8-10" to ensure that the radiator and overflow tank are the highest spot as air rises to the top. fill the reservoir, crank engine and turn heater on high and allow engine to run for 5 minutes. Turn off and allow to cool a couple of minutes. Refill reservoir and repeat. do this until the level in the reservoir stays at the full mark after running for 5 minutes. usually 3-4 times will do the trick