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Old 11-11-2017, 07:22 PM   #106  
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I got it to drain, and I think when I opened it up is when I screwed it up. I can't get it to close back shut again. Thanks for the replies so far.
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Old 11-12-2017, 11:23 AM   #107  
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Petcock issue resolved! I slept the frustration off last night, and went back out today and had it out in just a minute or two. I spun it to the most loose position, and tugged on it with pliers while prying with a small flat screwdriver. It wasn't even broken, it had just spun in the seat it sets in. I cleaned it and put it back in the correct position, and added a little distilled water to test. It worked fine and didn't leak, now that I know how it works. I didn't even need to buy a new one. Thanks for the help.

Water pump change went flawlessly thanks to this thread. No leaks and no air lock. Temp came up in the same time it always takes, and never got any warmer than it ever does. Burping it at the heater hose on the head works! I poured the last bit of coolant in slowly, and it was quiet enough in the garage to actually hear the air burping out of the nipple. If your mind went there.....yes, (.)(.) are our friends! lol Thanks to the OP for the write up. Everyone else learn from my F up on the plastic drain petcock in the radiator, and only turn it till it starts dripping. It ain't like the petcocks in old muscle cars that you twist until it's wide open! Thanks again.
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Petcock issue resolved! I slept the frustration off last night, and went back out today and had it out in just a minute or two. I spun it to the most loose position, and tugged on it with pliers while prying with a small flat screwdriver. It wasn't even broken, it had just spun in the seat it sets in. I cleaned it and put it back in the correct position, and added a little distilled water to test. It worked fine and didn't leak, now that I know how it works. I didn't even need to buy a new one. Thanks for the help.

Water pump change went flawlessly thanks to this thread. No leaks and no air lock. Temp came up in the same time it always takes, and never got any warmer than it ever does. Burping it at the heater hose on the head works! I poured the last bit of coolant in slowly, and it was quiet enough in the garage to actually hear the air burping out of the nipple. If your mind went there.....yes, (.)(.) are our friends! lol Thanks to the OP for the write up. Everyone else learn from my F up on the plastic drain petcock in the radiator, and only turn it till it starts dripping. It ain't like the petcocks in old muscle cars that you twist until it's wide open! Thanks again.
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I did this a few months back and honestly the hardest part for me was the **** fan shroud, that thing is such a PITA
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I am on my forth water pump and now always carry a spare in the truck.

Unlike some of you, I do all the work from the top. Remove the air filter housing and after taking the tension off the belt, remove it from the alternator. Drain a couple of gallons of coolant out into a clean container, remove the two bolts (10 mm 1/4" drive socket and short extension) holding the water pump in place. Install the new pump. Put a dab of sealant in the seal groove to hold the seal in place while your fiddle with getting the bolts lined up. Reinstall the belt. This is the only time that you need to go under the truck, to verify that the belt is in it's right place on the crank pulley and the A/C pulley.

Top up the coolant. Remove the front plug on the cylinder head and let all the air out. Take it for a drive and recheck the coolant level. Caution: do NOT open the rad cap or remove the front plug on the head on a hot engine.

Admittedly the above is kind of brief, but it covers the main points.

BTW, I have also changed the serpentine belt a couple of times and never had to remove the fan shroud or anything else. it's a bit tight going over the tensioner, but it does go.
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