How do i get the waterpump bolts out
Drain the radiator only, but you'll need to remove the fan clutch and fan first, then the serpentine belt, then you can remove the water pump. You need some special tools to remove the clutch nut. The trick is holding the water pump bolts with one hand/tool while you turn the nut on the fan clutch with a wrench long enough to reach in. You can rent these tools from your local auto parts store, purchase them, or use what you have. Remember that the nut is reverse direction.
A fourteen inch crescent wrench should the nut on the fan clutch. Get yourself a universal waterpump pulley wrench to keep the pulley from turning. The nut holding on the fan clutch to the pump pulley is not always reverse thread. Start the car and look at the direction the fan turns while running. The nut unscrews in the opposite direction. Leave the fanbelt attached while breaking looks the clutch nut. The tension aids in the removal.
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