leaky water pump
Been noticing the coolant level in overflow has been down slightly the past year and have topped off a couple times. Went out yesterday morning, in the COLD drizzle, 39deg. to check thefluids before beginning the day and saw that the level was down again, and this time saw droplets of fluid on the pan underneath. Followed the drops to the water pump and there was the leak, top right side. Called Advanced auto. They had a KMG for $50. Went online and read the reviews on this brand, and all 19 reviews were positive and satisfied. It looked identical to Chrysler. It has a ceramic seal, composite impeller and aluminum body. Just like the original.
The changout was very easy, with the 3.7l, the entire front engine is acessible. Used the tensioner to loosen and remove the belt, removed a lower pully and took out the bolts to the pump, came right off. Caught the fluid in a large pan for recycle. Smeared a small amount of RTV silicone sealant on the new gasket and installed, put the pully back and slid the belt into place. Ran the engine til the thermostat opened and topped off the rad with Mopar antifreeze. It took close to 1 gal.
A very simple repair, even in the ice cold Pittsburgh rain!~