My water pump gasket has had a small leak since I've owned my car. Yesterday I removed the pump, cleaned the matting surfaces, installed new gaskets and torqued everything to spec, However now my leak seems worse. Should I just re-install gaskets again with silicone even though they do not call for it? The matting surface of the pump does seem to seal well. If so, hich kind of silicone should I use?
Or should I just get a new pump? The pump feels good to turn by hand, however I cannot find a weep hole or a place for it to leak when they go bad? It only appears to leak from the gaskets (See Pics).
My pump is not original, I believe it is the newer style pump whose thermostat separates from the thermostat housing. Anyone know when they started making this style pump?