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Water pump holding tool -- brand?


When I pulled my '06 out of the shop this spring I noticed a bit of coolant under the right front of the car. Hrm, that's weird. It was a bit low, too, so I topped it off. I didn't see anything from the top that showed a leak. I serviced the cooling system in 2016 (coolant change, new thermostat, new hoses). My car has about 90k miles on it.

It's a bit low again and I think I saw a small puddle under the car again. I still haven't seen anything from the top. I'll get under it soon and see if I can see a drip, but I'm suspecting the water pump.

For the holding tool, does brand matter? It looks like OTC has one style (a full circle) and Lisle's tool is a half-circle. There's not much difference in price, so if I have to change it, I just want to get the best one for the job.


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The full-circle tool has been recommended. It seems to make dropping one of the screws into the engine less likely.
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You want the full circle tool, it does help prevent dropping a bolt into your engine. I know because I used the full circle tool. I'm clumsy and dropped a bolt when replacing mine, no big deal. There are threads here that start with "I dropped a bolt into the engine while changing my water pump". They all were using the half circle. It works, it's just riskier.
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Eliminate the worry of a dropped bolt by purchasing a set of metric magnetic nut drivers from Harbor Freight Tools. They are very inexpensive and make the job less stressful.
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full circle tool definitely.
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I agree with others and I'd recommend the full circle tool.

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