1999 Camry Water Pump

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Old 25 Feb 2005, 09:30 am   #1 (permalink)
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If you ever have a 99 Camry that has a water pump go out, run, cry, get the
hell out of there. I've never seen anything that hard to replace in my
whole life, but I did it and knock on wood it's still working.

John


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Old 25 Feb 2005, 12:56 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Another thing about this water pump thing. It went out two blocks from my
house, and within 2 blocks it was making the worst sound you've ever heard,
by the time I got it into the drive way, it was blowing water out the weep
hole and all around the pulley. When I got the timing covers off it, there
was ground metal and ball bearings all over the inside around the timing
gears and parts. I was so lucky in that the timing belt didn't slip and
knock the car out of time. I easily removed the timing belt tensioner
pulley and took the pump out without touching anything. I put it all back
together and re-tensioned the belt without moving any of the gears. I
started right up in time, but there was not enough water in the system to
let the thermostat open so I couldn't get it to take much water. I replaced
the thermostat and it still over heated. Finally the thermostat opened up
and I was able to fill it up with water. Have ran it 300 plus miles since
Sunday and it is still staying cool and running smoothly.

The Chilton book I bought to help me with the pump change was pretty
worthless. Tells you what you need to remove, but doesn't mention how much
other stuff is between you and what it tells you to remove. I did use the
book to trace the route of the belt, but I really don't think that much of
is was worth the $17.00 I paid for the book.

If you water pump goes out, I'll be the first one to give you my
condolences, and to tell you how sorry I am that it happened.

John




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> If you ever have a 99 Camry that has a water pump go out, run, cry, get

the
> hell out of there. I've never seen anything that hard to replace in my
> whole life, but I did it and knock on wood it's still working.
>
> John
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Old 25 Feb 2005, 06:24 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Fri, 25 Feb 2005 12:56:01 -0600, "Wulfdog" <johnw@tulsaconnect.com>
wrote:

Good for you to tackle a pretty nasty job, so I have heard. I was
lucky - a friend at a local dealership was able to give me a very good
price for a new timing belt & water pump (plus all oil seals) at 95K.
I smile when I look at the shiny new water pump housing, and am glad I
didn't have to endure what you did. Congrats!

How long did it take you from start to finish? Did you pop in a new
timimg belt or was the one you had already pretty new?

Those books are pretty worthless. They give you the basics and the
rest you have to figure out on your own during strip-down.

>Another thing about this water pump thing. It went out two blocks from my
>house, and within 2 blocks it was making the worst sound you've ever heard,
>by the time I got it into the drive way, it was blowing water out the weep
>hole and all around the pulley. When I got the timing covers off it, there
>was ground metal and ball bearings all over the inside around the timing
>gears and parts. I was so lucky in that the timing belt didn't slip and
>knock the car out of time. I easily removed the timing belt tensioner
>pulley and took the pump out without touching anything. I put it all back
>together and re-tensioned the belt without moving any of the gears. I
>started right up in time, but there was not enough water in the system to
>let the thermostat open so I couldn't get it to take much water. I replaced
>the thermostat and it still over heated. Finally the thermostat opened up
>and I was able to fill it up with water. Have ran it 300 plus miles since
>Sunday and it is still staying cool and running smoothly.
>
>The Chilton book I bought to help me with the pump change was pretty
>worthless. Tells you what you need to remove, but doesn't mention how much
>other stuff is between you and what it tells you to remove. I did use the
>book to trace the route of the belt, but I really don't think that much of
>is was worth the $17.00 I paid for the book.
>
>If you water pump goes out, I'll be the first one to give you my
>condolences, and to tell you how sorry I am that it happened.
>
>John
>
>
>
>
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>> If you ever have a 99 Camry that has a water pump go out, run, cry, get

>the
>> hell out of there. I've never seen anything that hard to replace in my
>> whole life, but I did it and knock on wood it's still working.
>>
>> John
>>
>>

>


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Old 26 Feb 2005, 12:07 pm   #4 (permalink)
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The HAYNES manuals are much better. Most of the time they have good
photos.

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Old 28 Feb 2005, 12:31 pm   #5 (permalink)
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To Clay and Ken,

Yes the Haynes is a better book, but unfortunatly the only one I could find
in a pinch was the Chilton. It is pretty worthless.

I replaced the pump and seals around it as well as the thermostat. The
timing belt looked better than the pictures in the book, so I decided to
keep it. I'll probably be sorry later down the road for not replacing it,
but it would have cost more than the water pump itself if I'd replaced it
also.

I started to work on it at 9:00 am on Sunday morning and finished at 7pm,
but there were several stops and trips to the parts house to get tools and
things I needed.

I tell ya though the whole thing would have went real fast if I'd had the
tools I needed from the very start. I had all the right size wrenches and
sockets, but the bolts holding the timing cover on were the hardes and
longes to remove. There was just no room in there to turn the bolts very far
so each one of them had to be inched out a couple of clicks at a time. Some
of them took for ever. All I could think about is the wrenches I've seen on
infomercials that have the handle on the end of the rachet so you can put
the rachet down into a tight space and turn the handle and remove the bolt
without having to ratchet back and fourth. Even a pneumatic would have
saved a lot of time.

John

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> photos.
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Old 01 Mar 2005, 09:23 pm   #6 (permalink)
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On Mon, 28 Feb 2005 12:31:01 -0600, "Wulfdog" <johnw@tulsaconnect.com>
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Hi John,

Thanks for the info - sounds like a 3-4 hour job if you had what you
needed from the start. I would be worried about getting the timing
marks off, but I guess as long as you're careful, you're cool. I'll
bet you're glad you won't have to do that job again for a while! Put
it this way... if there is a next time, think how prepared you'll be!
:-)

>To Clay and Ken,
>
>Yes the Haynes is a better book, but unfortunatly the only one I could find
>in a pinch was the Chilton. It is pretty worthless.
>
>I replaced the pump and seals around it as well as the thermostat. The
>timing belt looked better than the pictures in the book, so I decided to
>keep it. I'll probably be sorry later down the road for not replacing it,
>but it would have cost more than the water pump itself if I'd replaced it
>also.
>
>I started to work on it at 9:00 am on Sunday morning and finished at 7pm,
>but there were several stops and trips to the parts house to get tools and
>things I needed.
>
>I tell ya though the whole thing would have went real fast if I'd had the
>tools I needed from the very start. I had all the right size wrenches and
>sockets, but the bolts holding the timing cover on were the hardes and
>longes to remove. There was just no room in there to turn the bolts very far
>so each one of them had to be inched out a couple of clicks at a time. Some
>of them took for ever. All I could think about is the wrenches I've seen on
>infomercials that have the handle on the end of the rachet so you can put
>the rachet down into a tight space and turn the handle and remove the bolt
>without having to ratchet back and fourth. Even a pneumatic would have
>saved a lot of time.
>
>John


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Old 02 Mar 2005, 08:59 am   #7 (permalink)
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I'm definitly on the look out for a specialized wrench to get in the tight
spots and work without turing. That is the one preparation I will start
with first.

John


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> On Mon, 28 Feb 2005 12:31:01 -0600, "Wulfdog" <johnw@tulsaconnect.com>
> wrote:
>
> Hi John,
>
> Thanks for the info - sounds like a 3-4 hour job if you had what you
> needed from the start. I would be worried about getting the timing
> marks off, but I guess as long as you're careful, you're cool. I'll
> bet you're glad you won't have to do that job again for a while! Put
> it this way... if there is a next time, think how prepared you'll be!
> :-)
>
> >To Clay and Ken,
> >
> >Yes the Haynes is a better book, but unfortunatly the only one I could

find
> >in a pinch was the Chilton. It is pretty worthless.
> >
> >I replaced the pump and seals around it as well as the thermostat. The
> >timing belt looked better than the pictures in the book, so I decided to
> >keep it. I'll probably be sorry later down the road for not replacing

it,
> >but it would have cost more than the water pump itself if I'd replaced it
> >also.
> >
> >I started to work on it at 9:00 am on Sunday morning and finished at 7pm,
> >but there were several stops and trips to the parts house to get tools

and
> >things I needed.
> >
> >I tell ya though the whole thing would have went real fast if I'd had the
> >tools I needed from the very start. I had all the right size wrenches

and
> >sockets, but the bolts holding the timing cover on were the hardes and
> >longes to remove. There was just no room in there to turn the bolts very

far
> >so each one of them had to be inched out a couple of clicks at a time.

Some
> >of them took for ever. All I could think about is the wrenches I've seen

on
> >infomercials that have the handle on the end of the rachet so you can put
> >the rachet down into a tight space and turn the handle and remove the

bolt
> >without having to ratchet back and fourth. Even a pneumatic would have
> >saved a lot of time.
> >
> >John

>



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Old 03 Mar 2005, 08:59 am   #8 (permalink)
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check "Gearwrench" the original ratcheting combination wrenches

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Old 03 Mar 2005, 04:33 pm   #9 (permalink)
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I found what I would recommend to anyone and will get one myself it's called
a squeeze wrench. They range in price from 9.99 to 19.99 as seen on TV. I
don't know how well they will hold up, but once you have the bolt broken
lose with a real ratchet, then the tedious work can be shortened immensely
by that sqeezewrench. All you have to do is a google search on
squeezewrench and you'll have a jillion hits for it.

John

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