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    02' water pump

    Do I have to remove the fans to remove the water pump. Just changed the fluid and hoses last weekend at 115K, now the water pump let loose. Any connection?

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    No you do not have to remove the fans to remove the water pump. There are 6 10mm bolts that hold it in.
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    Probably just a coincidence that it went. After 100,000 miles, I generally swap out the water pump when I service the cooling system.

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    Are the 6 bolts that hold the pump on in blind holes or do they need sealant? Since its aluminum I was thinking of using anti seize but the factory book
    recommends against it because it changes the torque specs. I assume the rubber/aluminum gaskets go on dry.

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    I dont remember using sealant on mine
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    There was no sealant when I pulled my water pump off. I don't see how putting a thread locker would hurt though.

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    I always apply antiseize to steel bolts that thread into aluminum. As mentioned, this reduces friction somewhat and I generally compensate for this by tightening the bolt to the low end of the recommended torque range.

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