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Old 12-21-2013, 08:45 PM   #61  
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Thanks for the great write up!! Just installed pump #3 at 188K on the '06 Mega Cab 2WD. Pump #2 was a Napa lifetime warranty. My excellent other half had the receipt from 3yrs ago, so the pump was free. 4gallons of
Zerex G5, new upper and lower hoses, and good to go.
The radiator shroud tip is great. I have done it before by taking out the air box, but this is better. The tip for filling to the removed heater hose is right on the money!!
Now for a tip I hope can help some of you. When I did the first replacement, I had trouble getting the pump to seal to the block. I ordered a couple of O rings from McMaster Carr that are a little wider than the square sealing ring:
Viton(R) Fluoroelastomer O-Ring, AS568A Dash Number 415
A LITTLE good RTV in the pump groove and no more leaks!! Hope this helps some of you that have helped me in my 6+ years of lurking...

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Old 12-21-2013, 10:48 PM   #62  
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Sparkybob, thanks for the kind words and adding the part numbers to your post. Details like that will surely help someone down the road!
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:26 PM   #63  
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Sparkybob: Did you use two of the new O rings or was one enough?
I also went with the lifetime water pump warranty. Next time I will change it when it starts leaking instead of pushing it another 15K miles.
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:54 PM   #64  
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Hi new here. Good reading I need to change mine to. Thanks very good.
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Had to do mine today at 77449 miles. Went just fine per the instructions at the start of this thread. I did remove my air box and that helped a lot with moving around the pump area.




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Old 02-17-2014, 01:30 AM   #66  
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SeaHawks, it's pretty easy once you get rolling.

47Dodge, glad it went well.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:25 AM   #67  
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Sorry to ask this possibly stupid question...

Do I pull the hose on the head before I start draining the radiator or after the radiator fully drains?

Does the therostat have to be pulled in order to fully drain?

Does it matter?

Thank you for the write up. I'm attempting this on my own tonight.

Also, any tips on how to get the belt back on by myself?
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Sent you a pm tonight. Let me know how it goes.
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Totallyrad, man you are the best, always willing to help out. Wish there were more like you...sorry for the hijack...

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Totallyrad, man you are the best, always willing to help out. Wish there were more like you...sorry for the hijack...

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Old 07-08-2014, 06:56 AM   #71  
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Is it my imagination but it looks like the '03-'04 is easier for R&R'ing the water pump? Guessing I'll find out this weekend. LOL
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Mikey, I don't know. I've only done mine, 2004.5.
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If I can do it following Ricks instructions, anybody can do it.
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The '03-04 is pretty easy. I did it in 15 minutes.
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Totallyrad, thanks for this write up. Remembered reading this a while ago and found it again. Printed it up and went to help a friend broke down on the road..

My friend needed to change out his pump on his truck and we followed it to the letter without a hitch. I would like to mention we did add another item.

On the hose coming from the head to the interior heater core, we installed a T, barbs on each end and a bull plug in the center. Weight was minimal, but when refilling we installed a barb and a piece of hose and refilled.

It gave a high point that was well above the radiator cap and seemed to totally fill the system. When filled, we removed the temp barb and hose and installed the bull plug.

Might consider adding this, or not if you want. But the write up saved us one heck of a lot of time. It was on the highway in a rest stop, which hindered a bit with the rains coming and going. Save my friend a ton of money, including towing and the dealers cost.

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