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WHAT IS THE FIX FOR WATER COMING FROM BEHIND PULLEY AFTER CHANGING WATERPUMP

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Hi Joyce,
This would appear to be an external type of water pump which has a hose attached to it rather than having only internal connection to the engine cooling passageways.

For there to be coolant leaking from behind the pulley it would either be a loose hose clamp on the hose or it could be the gasket was not properly replaced when the pump was mounted to the engine so there is a leak around that gasket, or the bolts that hold the pump in place were not tighened to 30 foot-pounds also thereby allowing a leak around the gasket, or it could be a defective waterpump which had a bad seal even though new.
Whoever did the changeout should look into those possibilities to see which is the cause. Fortunately it does not involve a re-do of the original job unless the pump seal is bad.  
I am looking at a '80's manual for the 318 engine of that vintage as my reference.
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Roland

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