I had a leak from the "weep hole" on my water pump on my 1995 Liberty (Legacy) and there was a dull ringing noise coming from the front of the engine that sounded like a bad bearing. The PO had just had the belts and pulleys replaced (poorly, a mobile mechanic installed the belt and messed up the timing and the car wouldn't start) so I knew that they were good, and after having an overheating issue, I decided to replace the water pump.
I found this article really good, and read it several times before I attacked it myself: http://lovehorsepowe...egacy&Itemid=64
When I re-did the valve timing, I left the timing belt covers off in case I'd messed something up, so today it wasn't a huge job to remove the radiator and all the belts to replace the pump. As I intended to start the car before I put the radiator back on (to make sure I'd done the timing correctly) I connected the oil cooler hoses for the auto tranny to an old motorcycle oil cooler I had in my garage, to avoid losing a litre of transmission fluid all over the floor like I did last time. Oops....
Anyway, it was good that I replaced the pump. The old one was dead, the bearings were shot and the engine is much quieter now. I'm having a bugger of a job "Burping" the cooling system and it's still overheating though, (no water in the oil, or oil in the water, so I'm assuming I don't have a blown head gasket) I've tried to do it as per some suggestions I've read here, but to no avail, so I'm going to try this method tomorrow: http://legacygt.com/...8fdaa046915;
Anyway, bottom line is this is not a hard job, and not expensive, either. I bought a new pump on eBay for 68 bucks that came with the gasket and thermostat seal, I tested the old thermostat and it worked fine, so I didn't buy a new one, but I did buy new "Gates Racing" alternator/power steering and aircon belts, because mine were old and cracked. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have the cooling system properly burped, and take it for a drive! Cheers, Terry.