How do you replace the water pump on a 1996 Dodge Ram that has a serpentine-single engine belt?

I would suggest starting by buying a Haynes Repair Manual for the 1994 to 2001 Dodge Ram pickups. This will include fairly straight forward instuctions on how to replace the water pump.

Purchase a Haynes Repair Manual for 1994-2001 Dodge Ram Pickups. This will help with the basics. My problem was getting the screw-on clutch fan separated from the water pump. I found help at the following link:


I used a strap wrench or grip wrench to hold the cluch still while I loosened the nut after the serpentine was removed. A auto mechanic friend said that they always use a hammer and punch to loosen the nut by hitting just on the edges of the nut to start it spinning.