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: www.pavementsucks.com/tech/fanclutch.php
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.
This is NOT an Interference engine. The water pump is driven by the cam belt so replace the water pump at the same time you replace the cam belt. Belt should be replaced at 105,000 miles. This is NOT an Interference engine. The water pump is driven by the cam belt so replace the water pump at the same time you replace the cam belt. Belt should be replaced at 105,000 miles.
The water pump on the 3.0 litre engine is located in the valley of the V-6 engine and you need to jack up the engine and remove the passenger side engine mount to get at the timing belt to get the water pump out. It is a pretty tight installation and you should get a manual for your van to get the entire procedure.
Why would water be coming out the back of your 1987 Dodge 318 motor are there freeze plugs in the back of the block?
When the engine is removed from the engine compartment, and detached from the transmission, there are freeze plugs on the back side of the engine. You may be able to just disconnect the engine from the transmission, and loosen the motor mounts and lift the engine partially away to replace the freeze plugs.