Best Answer


I'm pretty sure that 16 hours is ridiculous. My pump went out on my way home from a vacation, I had to stay in a hotel, and do the repair in the parking lot of the autozone the next morning, and even then it only took me like 4 hours to do start to finish. The O- ring isn't that big of a deal, its pretty simple, all you need is some good sealer, just put it together like it looks on the truck. My haynes manual was very helpful, the tools you need are,

socket set, channel locks(AKA, the huge slipjoint plyers,) the fan comes off very predictably if you use the tools that auto zone has in their loaner program, its a 5 piece set, you'll need your big socket wrench for that too. and a good pair of regular plyers.

p.s. the only really hard part is putting on the hose that goes from the engine to the pump, because the clamp is up under the back of the pump, but autozone has some special 90 degree needle nose plyers that make that really easy too. Its not that hard, just make sure you get the gasket seated right and buy some sealant cause you'll need that too. Should take like 6 hours at the MOST>>>

I've done it and it's the most major repair I've done on my own. Took me close to 16 hours... most of which was getting the fan off. There is not enough room for a conventional wrench and the special wrench you can get from Autozone (loaner) does not work very well with Dak's. Getting the heater hose reattached is also a major pain because there is a little rubber O-ring that has to seat perfectly or else it will leak. The Hayne's manual details the procedure pretty well. I would say that you should only attempt it if you can't afford it and/or you consider yourself capable of doing moderately advanced repair work (i.e. anything short of rebuilding an engine).

i started to do it on mine but gave up after looking at it. it cost me $300 out the door to just have it done.

User Avatar

Wiki User

โˆ™ 2015-07-16 18:03:50
This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +5 pts
Q: How hard is it to change a water pump on a 1998 Dodge Dakota 6-cylinder Sport and what are the procedures?
Write your answer...

Related Questions

How often should you change the oil in a Dodge Dakota?

You should change the oil in a Dodge Dakota every 3000 miles.

How do you change the front axle on my dodge Dakota 2000 4x4?

howdo you change the front axel of a dodge Dakota 2000 4x4

Can you change the water pump on a 2004 Dodge Dakota?


What is the engine oil capacity of 2006 dodge Dakota 4.7 liter engine?

A Dodge Dakota with a 4.7 takes 6 quarts with a filter change

Diagram to change belt 1992 Dakota 318?

belt diagram 1992 dodge Dakota with 318

How do you change signal light 1989 dodge Dakota?

crash into wall

When was Dodge Dakota created?

Dodge Dakota was created in 1986.

When did Dodge stop making the Dakota?

The Dodge Dakota was in the Dodge car brand until 2009, and was sold as the RAM Dakota until 2012.

Do you have to disconnect the battery to change a rear wheel sensor on a 1999 dodge Dakota?


How do you change coolant in a 2000 Dodge Dakota Quad 4x4?

Drain the radiator

How do you change an oil pump in a 1994 Dodge Dakota?

Drop the pan and unbolt it.

Dodge Dakota socket size to change serpentine belt?

Its 15mm on my '97

Do you have to remove shroud to change cluth fan 2000 dodge Dakota?


Do you have to change the computer if you change from a 3.9 liter V6 to a 4.7 liter V8 in a dodge Dakota?


Can a 1995 Dodge Dakota computer work with a 1997 Dodge Dakota?


When did they stop making the Dodge Dakota?

The Dodge Dakota was originally taken off of Dodge in 2009, then renamed the RAM Dakota until 2012.

Will a 1992 Dodge Dakota rear window fit in a 1998 Dodge Dakota?


Will 1999 Dodge Dakota rims fit on a 2001 Dodge Dakota?


Will 97 Dodge Dakota trans fit in a 96 Dodge Dakota?


Will a 94 Dodge Dakota intermediate shaft fit in a 97 Dodge Dakota?


Will a 2000 Dodge Dakota wheel fit a 2002 Dodge Dakota?


How often do you change the valve cover gasket on a Dodge Dakota sport?

Only when it is leaking.

Is the Dodge Durango closer to a Dodge Ram or a Dodge Dakota?

From 1997-2003 the Dodge durango is the same chassis as the dodge dakota, same powertrain.

Will a 1989 Dodge Dakota tran saxle fit a 1992 Dodge Dakota?

Dodge Dakotas do not, and have never, had transaxles.

What is towing capacity of 2000 dodge Dakota with a v6?

The towing capacity of a 2000 Dodge Dakota V6 is about 7500 pounds. The Dodge Dakota was discontinued in 2011.