Shallow Well Pump Seal Question

I have a cistern with a WellAce shallow well jet pump in my basement.
http://www.waterace.com/well_3.html
Between the input/output end and the motor end, it has started dripping water underneath. There are four bolts holding these two parts together. I contacted the mfr and they said there's a replacement seal kit I can buy as the seal probably just wore out. We just moved in a few weeks ago and the house had been largely vacant for a while, so I think the seal probably dried out and new usage caused it to start leaking.
The mfr said to separate the two sections to install the seal. My question is this...
Will the pump lose it's prime? If so, what will I need to do to reprime it after the repair? The instruction manual has info on filling the pump with a garden hose, but I don't think that's easily possible, now, as the system is PVC'd together.
Thanks in advance,
Ryan
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herlihyboy wrote:

Since you have already succsessfuly contactet the manufacturer, I don't see why you wouldn't ask them this question??
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There's a good chance it will lose its prime. Depending on how good the foot valve is and how long you take to fix it.
Most (all?) pumps have threaded holes in the pump housing. One will usually be "occupied" by the fitting to the pressure switch.
The others will be "occupied" by plugs - usually with square heads. Find a suitable upwards facing plug, remove it, and fill with water via a funnel.
Jet pumps can sometimes be difficult to prime. Depends on how high a head the pump has to raise.
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Thanks, guys. Both good suggestions.
Ryan
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