How To Replace A Dodge Neon 1998 Water Pump

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By Zyon Silket

The Water pump on the 1998 Dodge Neon circulates engine coolant from the radiator into the engine block. It plays a vital role in keeping the engine working at the proper temperatures. If the water pump stops working, the engine does not get adequate coolant and starts to overheat. Dodge used aluminum heads on the Neon. This increases the likelihood of engine failure if the engine overheats.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery with an adjustable wrench.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Place a drain pan under the petcock located on the bottom of the radiator. Drain the coolant into the drain pan.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Pull up on the idler pulley and remove the serpentine belt.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Remove the nut that secures the water pump pulley to the water pump with a socket.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Remove the coolant hoses from the water pump by squeezing the tabs on the hose clamps together with a pair of pliers. then pulling the hoses off the pump.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Remove the water pump mounting bolts. Tap the top of the pump with a rubber mallet to break the gasket seal between the engine block and the pump.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Scrape the old gasket material off the engine with a metal scraper, wire brush and towel. Make sure the surface is clean.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Place the new gasket against the engine and bolt the new water pump into place.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Reattach the radiator hoses to the pump. Secure them with the clamps.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Reattach the water pump pulley to the face of the pump.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Reinstall the serpentine belt. If you cannot remember how to route the belt, there is a pictorial on the underside of the hood.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F Drain the coolant back into the radiator and check for coolant leaks.

Mute the speaker Listen to this using a male or female voice M/F If you have very large arms, you might find it easier to remove the fan and fan shroud to give yourself more room to work. However, the Haynes repair manual says removal of the fan and shroud are not necessary to reach the water pump.

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