After 6 hours of blood, sweat, and mud; I got all the water pump bolts out of the stupid thing. But. Now its stuck to the block. Why. What did I miss? Is there more holding it on than just the bolts on the pump?
If all the bolts are out and the water pump will not release, you can gently tap on it to break it loose but before your try this, be beware that the timing cover needs to be secured FIRST. If not secured you risk breaking the timing cover to block seal which can cause a leak and even allow water into the engine oil. You can secure the timing cover with a simple bracket or use the KD tool bracket designed for it.
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[This message has been edited by Dennis LaGrua (edited 03-25-2020).]
YES. If the clamp to hold the timing cover securely is installed.
You can try tapping a very thin putty knife into the gasket to start separating the parts. I've done this in similar situations, and once in had to drive the putty knife along the gasket for most of the way.
And example picture. I find it best to start tapping the corner of the putty knife into the gasket.
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