FSJ Project of the Year
Water Pump and Fan Clutch
started to notice some vibrations from the engine compartment
on our California trip in September. Little did we know, the fan
clutch and water pump bearings were going out. By the time we
caught it, it was the end of November and there was 3/4 inch play
in the clutch and it had spewed oil all over the back of the fan
and front of engine. New clutch and water pump were purchased
at NAPA. Life has kept us busy for a while and we finally had
a chance to do the repairs today. The water pump was painted a
couple days ago to make the task easier.
pump impeller had scared the timing chain cover, indicated by
yellow arrow. No permanent damage though. It was also a good time
to clean off the timing marks as they were sludged.
and I work very well together on FSJ projects. The weather was
a balmy 42 degrees F and a cold chill from the north along with
Pacific moisture moving in. We needed to get this done before
the next snowfall. We switched off and on wrenching duties with
each other while the other would warm hands in the pockets.
and Old pumps. Yellow arrow indicates where impeller was rubbing
on timing chain cover. The old pump only had about 20k miles on
it. So, no more rebuilt water pumps, eh. Only new ones...
it back together. The sun was gone for the day and the temp was
beginning to drop. This is when the fingers start to slow down...
Full Size Jeep Project approved by Shady DaLush