Car in bits again...
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Hampshire, UK
Thanks Lonewolf, that's a good point - I'm going to have to remove the rear bulkhead and the cambelts to get access to the pump anyway (and the belts need replacing, their 2 years is almost up). Trouble is... I'm still not convinced I am going to go with A/C, and I probably won't keep my current engine - I have a 1.6 8v (1500 with 1.7 crank) engine to build up for that. Not sure the torque curve of a half-race engine is appropriate for driving an A/C compressor!
I've loosened off the drive belt to reduce the wear on the water pump bearings, but that will have a negative impact on battery charging, so I will be looking to replace the pump sooner rather than later...