Jim Grant's Tech Tips
'91 Honda Accord, Water Pump Leak
it possible to plug the leak with a sealant without taking off the water
pump? The leak is coming from underneath the car; I can stick my finger
in the groove and feel the gasket moving around. I like to work on my
car but changing this pump has proven to be a bit challenging since I
have to remove the timing belts and the pump requires a specific torque
to replace it. If this is not possible what would be the best way to go
about it so I don't mess up the timing? Any suggestions will be appreciated
since I am a single mom doing the best I can with very little money.
the sealant was the answer to your problem, but the water pump is going
to have to be removed. You're right in being concerned about the timing
belt. Incorrect installation of the timing belt can cause expensive damage
to a Honda engine. The timing belt will have to be removed to correctly
service the water pump. If you're not skilled in this area you're better
off paying to have the repairs performed. If the timing belt has not been
replaced this is the time to do it because it has to be removed to service
the water pump. In the meantime, don't run your Honda low in coolant.
Overheating a Honda engine can be devastating. This is one of those cases
where spending more saves.