The water pump in your 2002 Land Rover Freelander enables coolant to flow correctly through the vehicle's cooling system. If the pump becomes damaged, it can seriously harm the performance of the engine and radiator. If this happens, you should replace the water pump before taking your vehicle out on the road. Although it is a rather complex job, you can do the work from home. Pick up the replacement parts you need from your local auto store.
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Things you need
- Wrench set
- Drain pan
- Engine coolant
Turn the vehicle off and allow the engine to cool completely before starting.
Pop the bonnet and locate the battery pack. Disconnect both the positive and negative battery terminals.
Place a drain pan underneath the vehicle. Carefully drain all of the coolant out of the engines cooling system into the pan. This must be completed before carrying out any further work. Failure to do so will result in coolant going everywhere when you start removing the water pump.
Use a wrench to remove the mounting bolts that hold the alternator in place. Remove the alternator and the drive belts from the vehicle.
Carefully remove the hoses that are attached to the water pump. You should be able to remove them at their connectors by pulling them with your hand. Remove the bolts that hold the water pump in place and remove it from the engine assembly.
Place the new water pump in exactly the same position where you removed the old one. Securely fix the pump in placing with the mounting bolts. Reconnect the hoses and other assembly by following the removal steps in reverse.
Refill the vehicle with coolant and attach the battery terminals. Turn on the engine to check that everything is working correctly.
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