My '91 with AC sprung a leak yesterday. I figured it was the water pump, as it was in that general area. But usually you see water dripping out of the bearing/shaft when the car is hot. Not the case here, and it took about an hour with a pin point flashlight to see water shooting backwards in a tiny spray jet, back onto the engine block, just below the water pump. And only when hot, and only when it felt like it.
Ok, so I have the correct skinny, contorted hose from IAP - I've had it a while. And the reason I've had it because I did a water pump on a previous Spider, and I couldn't get this darn hose on. So on that Spider, I still put the new looking hose back on (I know, I know) because I simply could NOT get this hose to go on, even with silicone lube and some sweet talking.
So - here I am, I have the right hose and am about to try to take the old hose off, and put the new one on. What exactly was I misunderstanding last time? The issue with this hose is that its outer diameter at the ends (it is flared at each end) is about the size of the water pump and lower radiator openings. Ok, so the hose will expand later, but how do I physically slide it on - or stretch out those flares a wee bit more?
Are there special tools for this sort of thing? Heat? There's really no way to get a grip on things down there. When your arms get down there it's like you're trying to slide it on with one pinky and the back of your index finger.