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Date registered: Jul 2012
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'79 280E - Have to pull out the crankshaft damper just to change water pump?
Hey, so the water pump recently died on my 1979 280E euro model. From what I understand - explain this to me better, please, resident experts - the euro model actually has a 2.8 engine in it, different from the US model.
After pulling out the radiator, fan, magnetic coupling, drivebelt pulley and finally getting to the pump, it seems that one of the bottom bolts on the pump is obstructed by that giant disk, what I'm guessing is the crankshaft damper.
If not for this I could just slap in the new water pump and call it a day,if this one bolt was half an inch higher..but it's not, so I have to loosen and disconnect all three drivebelts, remove the three pulleys and then take off the damper!? Then put it all back together? What a pain..also, the damper appears to be held on by some allen bolts along with one giant hex head deep in the center but someone told me I'll need a special claw-like tool to pull it out without the crankshift spinning in place.
I feel like I'm almost in over my head here, but I'm learning slowly..any advice here, or do I just have to suck it up and pull the whole damn car apart?
thanks for your help