All done. It is only about an hour's worth of actual work, but that got extended over a 2 day period due to 1) puzzling about how to get the crank bolt out, keeping the crank from turning. Finally solved it by hooking an allen wrench into one of the holes on the dampener and bracing the long end against the underside of the water pump. Probably not ideal but it worked pretty quickly.
The dampener looked pretty bad once I got it off.
2) my puller tool was not also an installer. Had to run up to OReilly's to rent the installer, which worked fine.
3) Once I got the new dampener on, and went to put on the pulley, I discovered that the replacement part had been tapped with the wrong size holes. Well, not the wrong size, it was still taking a 10 mm bolt, but with fine threads rather than course
. Of course none of the weekend box stores had any M10 1.0 x 30mm, or 3/8 24 1-1/4", but I took a chance on Pep Boys out by the mall and sure enough, they had exactly four of the US ones, and in grade 8. Wow.
So if you are buying parts from this company, beware. That little difference cost me an hour on a weekend. Wouldn't have been a 10 minute problem on a weekday.
4) Got so excited to find the bolts and get the pulley on that I left off the extra AC pulley! Crud. Had to pull the bolts back out again and reinstall. The AC doesn't work, so I was tempted just not to put it on, but I figured if I ever did get it working, I didn't want to have to pull the fan off again and etc. At least I wasn't out of beer....
Got everything back together, looks good, no leaks. Drove the tool back to OReilly's, they also took the core off my hands even though its not on their core sheet.
5) What took up most of the time, however, was cooking and eating a nice pulled pork bbq with friends. For some reason I didn't get any pics of that.
I do have what I hope is one last water pump question. Is this wet spot on the gasket a bad sign?