I recently had to replace my water pump because it was leaking pretty bad. The water pump on the 3.o engines is behind the timing belt so i decided I might as well replace it also. I took lots of pictures and will do my best to describe the process. So here we go.
Also note that I have a K&N cold air intake system so I do not have any of the bulky box stuff around the intake. If you do Im pretty sure you will not have remove any of it.
Before I start a project on the engine I usually take a piece of cardboard and punch some holes in it. So i can stick bolts in the cardboard and label them as I go. It makes the process of putting everything back together easier for me. And if you make it in neat order, the holes all empty in a row. Gives me a little re-assurance Im puttin it all back together correctly.
(cardboard with bolts labeled, in background)
First of all I removed the hood so i wouldnt have to work around the hood "holder upper" (self explanitory no pic)
Next i removed the upper and lower radiator hoses. And then reomove the radiator. You do not have to remove the radiator. I on the other hand DID remove it because later on you need to get a pulley puller on the crank pulley and there was not enough room for my pulley pulling tool with the radiator still in place. You WILL have to remove the radiator shroud.
(no pic of lower hose sorry, lower hose connected to thermostat housing)
And remove the three hoses indicated by my 3 fingers. The hoses are 3 different sizes so its not necassary to label them. the one on the left has coolant in it. And the two on the right go to the intake.
Then move the spark plug wires from there clips on top of the Upper Timing belt cover. Also remove the two bolts holding the housing the upper radiator hose was connected to. This needs to be removed so you can pull the upper timing belt cover off later.
Next remove the spark plug wire holders on top of the upper timing belt cover. They pry off easily with a flat head screw driver. Underneath them is four bolts you need to remove to remove the cover. Besides thos four bolts there are also 7 more bolts to remove 2 on the left 2 on the right and 3 near the middle. 2 of the three bolts in the middle are recessed and you can only see the holes they are in. Once those are removed you can now remove the upper timing belt cover.
Now you need to remove the power steering belt and the power steering bracket. The bracket is bolted to the motor and also through the middle timing belt cover.
(please note i do not have stock P/S pump)
Next step is to remove the fan and its pulleys. 4 nuts hold the fan and two pulleys in place. I stuffed a rag in between the alternator belt and pulleys to help hold the pulleys in place while i got the nuts loose. (dont remove the nuts just yet, just loosen them) I dont recommend this but i had to hit the wrench with a rubber hammer to create enough force to loosen the nuts. Also note i used a pipe wrench to get more surface area on the nut to lessen the chances of stripping the nut. I would have use the round enclosed end of a combination wrench but it would not fit in place.
After you break the fan pulley nuts loose remove the Alternator belt.
Then remove the 4 fan pulley nuts and remove the fan and two pulleys behind hit. Remember the order the pulleys came off in. It will make installing them easy.
Now remove the housing that the fan and pulleys were attatched to. If you did not remove the power steering pump bracket. You will now know why you need to remove the bracket.