Need advice on 12v vr6 water pump and crack pipe install
As the title states I need a bit of advice. Going to apologize now for the long post.
Car is 02 Jetta 12v vr6 with ~114k.
I found out I had a coolant leak about a week ago. Did as much inspecting as I could without jacking up the car (do not have a low profile jack atm). Saw some weeping coming from the crack pipe and figured that is where the coolant loss was coming from because it did not seem like I was losing much fluid. Ordered the kit from ECS this week and sourced out a jack today to replace everything. Once I got it in the air I noticed coolant around my water pump. A lot of coolant. My tensioner starting making a little bit of noise a few weeks ago and I figured it just needed replacing. So now I also need to replace the water pump, tensioner, and the drive belt.
Now then, my question is would it benefit me to go ahead with the crack pipe/thermostat install and then do the water pump next weekend, or should I just wait and do it all at once. I do not plan on driving the car at all between now and then and will not be replacing the coolant until I am completely finished with the job. Just not sure if it would be easier to do the water pump with the lock carrier out of the way when lifting the engine.