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Hi everyone, next problem holding up roadworthy-ness. Since replacing my cracked radiator, there is coolant weeping out the weep hole.

I suspect the rest of the pump is fine, so I would like to limit the cost and just do the seal for now. Firstly, is this a bad idea? Secondly, does anyone know where one could purchase the seal only? From what I've seen online - all the suppliers sell a full rebuild kit only.

Thanks for any help!

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Normally with a water pump if the seal is leaking it's because the bearing is on the way out & if the bearing has play in it then the belt has probably stopped gripping fully & is slipping which means it's a false economy not to replace it while you've got it off in order to replace the pump as its surface will have been polished & it will never grip properly again 😉 

Cheers,

John W

http://jonwatkins.co.uk

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Yep - very bad idea!  Plus - you can't remove the seal without removing the impellor and you can't remove the impellor without removing the bearing!  I bought my kit from Lotusbits - it comes with everything you need and very clear instructions.

Pete

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SJ sells the seals separately, but you have to phone or mail as it's not listed on the website I think. I do agree it's better to do a full rebuild. The tool that's included in the kit is very useful to do a proper job as well.

I have made many mistakes in my life. Buying a multiple Lotus is not one of them.

 

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If you already have to tool, just ask for a kit with only the bearing and seal. Steve was happy to help me that way.
The tool is a great help, but I don't need 3 or more. 😉

I have made many mistakes in my life. Buying a multiple Lotus is not one of them.

 

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