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how to replace the water pump on a 2002 sebring convertible

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# When replacing a water pump, it is necessary to drain the cooling system.
# Any components--belts, fan, fan shroud, shaft spacers, or viscous drive clutch--should be removed to make the pump accessible. Some pumps are attached to the cylinder block.

* Loosen and remove the bolts in a crisscross pattern from the center outward.
* Insert a rag into the block opening and scrape off any remains of the old gasket.
* When replacing a water pump, always follow the procedures recommended by the manufacturer.
* Most often a coating of good waterproof sealer should be applied to a new gasket before it is placed into position on the water pump.
* Coat the other side of the gasket with sealer, and position the pump against the engine block until it is properly seated.
* Install the mounting bolts and tighten them evenly in a staggered sequence to the torque specifications with a torque wrench. Careless tightening could cause the pump housing to crack. Check the pump to make sure it rotates freely.
* The water pumps on many late-model OHC engines are driven by the engine's timing belt. When replacing the water pump on these engines, always replace the timing belt.
* Make sure all pulleys and gears are aligned according to specifications when installing the belt.

Good luck.