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Like you, I don't like paying for something I think I can do myself. Some times that costs me a bunch of money but I think I am ahead for now.

A friend and I spent a day replacing the water pump on a Sky Redline. It took 9 hours and while none of the individual steps was very difficult, with the exception of one bolt, in the end it was a full day for the two of us.

We agreed we could do it in 6 hours next time LOL

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This is one time that not having the GXP is a good thing. Less things in your way!
Funny, my brother and I had the same conversation on how doing a repair the first time takes you so much longer.

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No offense taken, Ghost, but while my earlier posts don't show it, I have very good mechanical skills. Just had a senior moment when doing my research. I'm also the type of person that has a hard time paying someone for something I can do myself. I'll post some pictures of my efforts and provide a update on the end results when I'm done later this weekend.
I'm a VERY big fan of learning - especially from watching others! lol. Good luck, leave the hammer in the tool chest and I look forward to hearing how it turns out.

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with the exception of one bolt
This is ALWAYS my issue!!!

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This is ALWAYS my issue!!!
LOL One Sunday afternoon my neighbor asked to borrow a tool and told me he was changing the brakes on his Jeep. I said "Ballsy move late on a Sunday. I always get to the last bolt, end up breaking something and it's too late to get a replacement to finish the job so you can get to work Monday."

Next weekend he returned the tool and chewed me out. 'Zactly what happened to him!

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Have you done a pressure test and a combustion test? I didn't do those and decided to change the wp, thermostat, etc. Still had overheating.. finally did a pressure test, it was fine. Then did a combustion test and it failed.. time to do a head gasket job (at best). It's sad because my car has low miles and in perfect condition but now i have a headgasket issue. big money to change that and hopefully i dont have a cracked block. I believe the problem started with a bad wp and ran on low fluids. was having too much fun and didnt notice it got hot. drove for about 5-10mins with temps 230-250F. My fault, my cost. sucks! good luck figuring out whats wrong with your car. wish you the best.
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Myyllertime-Don't want to jinx you but I spent a long time with Cobalts and it was almost never a head gasket.
When people found they had low compression on lnf's the most common cause was broken ringlands.
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OK. Ready to start this morning. More to come on my progress.
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Everything is out now. Will be taking my time making sure all the new stuff goes back in correctly.

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Alrighty, I am no longer a water pump replacement virgin!

The job went well. Took just over five hours and no chain tensioner noise when finished.

I'm not anxious to perform that repair again any time soon, but I'm glad I did it myself. I've only had my Solstice for a few months and it gave me a chance to get to know the engine compartment better. Next projects are changing out the sound system along with the speakers and then changing out the brakes with ceramic brake pads, new drilled & slotted rotors and some red paint on the calipers.

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Myyllertime-Don't want to jinx you but I spent a long time with Cobalts and it was almost never a head gasket.

When people found they had low compression on lnf's the most common cause was broken ringlands.


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Congrats! Glad it went well. I suppose it's like a lot of other jobs, patience and steady progress and it's not so bad once you get dirt under your nails and get going on it.

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Thanks, Chickenwire. The one tip I forgot to add was that I spent $36 on a good four bolt sprocket holder and I'm pretty sure that it being so sturdy had a lot to with the water pump chain tensioner staying in place.

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