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How to Replace Water Pump Pulley 09-14 Chevy Traverse

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How to Replace Water Pump Pulley 09-14 Chevy Traverse

Created on: 2021-01-16

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a broken, bad, or leaking water pump on 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Chevy Traverse.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Wheel
    • Loosen the 22mm lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground
    • Raise the vehicle with a floor jack
    • Secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Pull off the wheel
  2. step 2 :Removing the Serpentine Belt
    • Loosen the four 10mm bolts from the water pulley
    • Pry out the clips from the fender liner with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Familiarize yourself with the route of the serpentine belt
    • Insert the 1/2 inch drive ratchet into the tensioner
    • Turn the tensioner clockwise to loosen the belt
    • Pull the belt off the alternator
    • Release the tensioner
    • Pull the belt off by hand
  3. step 3 :Removing the Power Steering Pulley
    • Pop the water pump pulley out with a pry bar
    • Remove the bolts by hand
    • Remove the water pump pulley
  4. step 4 :Installing the Water Pump Pulley
    • Insert the water pump pulley into place
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts to the pulley by hand
  5. step 5 :Reinstalling the Serpentine Belt
    • Loop the belt around the power steering pulley
    • Bring it over the water pump
    • Bring it down around the alternator
    • Bring it loosely around the idler pulley
    • Bring it down around the A/C Pulley
    • Bring it around the crank pulley
    • Bring it around the belt tensioner
    • Pull the tensioner clockwise with the 1/2 inch ratchet
    • Bring it around the idler
    • Release the tensioner
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts to the water pump pulley
    • Press the clips to the fender liner
  6. step 6 :Reattaching the Wheel
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Start the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Tighten the lug nuts to 140 foot-pounds in a crossing or star pattern

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Rubber Mallet

    Jack Stands

    Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Bungee Cord

    Marker / Writing Utensil

  • Ratchets & Related

    Torque Wrench

    1/2 Inch Ratchet

    1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

    22mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

Installation Video
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Hi, I’m Mike from 1A Auto. We’ve been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

We'll go inside the vehicle and open up the hood. With the vehicle on the ground, you can use a breaker bar and a 22 millimeter socket to loosen the lug nuts. Raise and support your vehicle with a jack and jack stands. We're using our two post lift. Use the socket to finish removing the lug nuts. All right, let's seize it to the hub. Take a couple lug nuts, just thread them on lightly. You can use a dead blow or rubber mallet. You hit on the tire. It will knock it free. The lug nuts will keep the wheel from falling off. Now it's loose, so you can finish taking the lug nuts off. I'm just going to support it so it doesn't fall. I'm just going to turn this knuckle out of the way.

Remove these two push clips, holding in this plastic shield. You can use a flat bladed screwdriver to just pop them up, to unlock them. They might break, and you'll have to get new ones. It's very common for them to break. I'll try and get this one first. They get old and brittle. I'm going to use a trim clip tool, try to get underneath them, and I'll just break them off. I'll have to replace these with new ones afterwards. I'm just going to pop them through the holes. They're just plastic. It's not a big deal. Take bungee cord, and just hold this fender liner up and out of the way. I'll just bungee it over, just like that.

The water pump is located up towards the middle of the engine, next to the frame rail. It's kind of difficult to get to. That's the pulley. There are four bolts holding on the pulley. If you want to reuse the belt, you can mark the direction that it's mounted in by just taking a paint marker, and just putting an arrow to outside. This has got a pretty broad tip, but I'll know when I reinstall it, I want that arrow facing out. The belt has already worn in, and I want it to travel in the same direction. If you're going to replace the belt, don't worry about marking the direction. Before you remove the water pump pulley, you'll need to have four new mounting bolts on hand, as they are torqued to yield. There are four 10 millimeter bolts holding on the water pump pulley. I'm going to use a ratcheting wrench to remove them. Well, I'm going to loosen them first. I'm not going to fully remove them. But I'm going to use the serpentine belt that's on here to hold the pulley still, while I remove them. Otherwise, the pulley will spin on you.

If you take the belt off first. I'm just going to go up, and start loosening them, but not take them out all the way. Just be patient with this. It's tight quarters working on it. Those are all loose. Now I'll remove the belt. The belt tensioner is here. It has a half inch drive opening on it. You can use a half inch drive breaker bar. I'm going to use a half inch drive socket with a swivel head, whatever you've got that will let you get in there. Basically, you're just going to line it up. You might have to turn it. That's why a ratchet might be easier than a breaker bar. Get it pushed into the opening. Now we're going to push it to the back. Take the tension off, and I'm going to pop it off of this idler pulley, because it's a smooth pulley. Pull the belt off, just like that. You can just slide it underneath the tensioner pulley. Now I can slowly release the tensioner. I'll just feed the belt out of the engine compartment. There's the drive belt, our serpentine belt. I'm just going to use a little pry bar just a pop this out.

I'm going to remove the water pump pulley. I'm going to thread out bolts that are loose. There's one. Spin the pulley around, and just keep removing them. I'm going to hold the pulley, so it doesn't fall as I get the last bolt out. There is the last bolt. Take the pulley off, and slide it out.

Here's the water pump pulley. We're going to get the water pump pulley reinstalled. Get it up into place. You're going to start by just finding the threaded hole for one bolt. I've got one started. Turn to the next hole, that should be lined up. Taking these afterwards, with the belt in place.

Since we're reusing the belt, I made an arrow to tell me the direction, because I want the belt to go in the same direction. The arrow is pointing out this way, so I put the belt into the vehicle this way.

I'm going to reach up and get it around the power steering pulley first. Bring it over the water pump pulley, and bring it down around the alternator. I'll loosely put it around the idler pulley near at the alternator. It's going to have to slide behind the tensioner between the tensioner and the block. You actually have to flip it sideways and slide it up, and then it will go down around the A/C compressor. We'll put it around the crank. I'll put it on the tensioner, loosen the tensioner and then pop it over the idler and then release the tensioner. Take the bungee cord out of the way.

Put this splash shield back up with some new clips. Now turn the knuckle straight and reinstall the wheel and tire.

Install the lug nuts by hand. Just going to use the socket, and thread these down. We'll re-torque them with the vehicle on the ground. Torque the lug nuts in a cross pattern to 140 foot pounds.

Thanks for watching. Visit us at 1AAuto.com for quality auto parts, fast and free shipping, and the best customer service in the industry.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Rubber Mallet
  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Bungee Cord
  • Marker / Writing Utensil

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Torque Wrench
  • 1/2 Inch Ratchet
  • 1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket
  • 22mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set


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