2004 Frontier Crew Cab 4WD
On my VG33E, at both bottom edges of the water pump that run front-to-back where it meets the block, there is a half-pipe cutout, as well as on the adjacent surfaces of the block, forming a cylindrical opening. There are what seem to just be pieces of wire coated in rubber installed in this space on both sides. The ones I removed seem dry rotted. But I don't see any timing kits or water pumps for sale anywhere that come with these. They seem to be a seal to keep dust out, but what are they called? Where can they be obtained? I can't find anything on these. Watched several videos about water pump replacement, and nobody mentions them. The only reference I can find is in the service manual, a diagram shows these parts and lists them simply as 'rubber seal' and has the notation "Always replace after every disassembly." But where do you get them??