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Cayenne S Water pump replacement


This forum is a little light of DIYs so I thought I'd document the water pump R&R my buddy and I did today on my '05 Cayenne S. The old pump was rattling at ~80K miles, and I figured it better to replace before it totally let go. I dropped the car at his house while I went to pick up the pump and meet a guy for a lunch meeting. When I got back to his place an hour-and-a-half later he had already removed the front splash guard, drained about a gallon-and-a-half of coolant into a bucket,

 

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Brace doesn't need to come off if you don't have the drain plug in the bottom of the radiator. Unfortunately I don't know if you can see the drain plug with the brace on. I would suggest you only loosen/remove the brace on the pass side and loosen the driver's side just enough to let the pass side fall and look for the plug. No plug button it back up and remove the lower radiator hose.

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