I left a rather detailed answer on the 93 question. The story starts when I took the car in for an oil change. The front timing cover on the 3. It should pop right off in your hand. Ford cannot keep up with the demand on the water pumps and there is a National back order.
I was gonna tackle the job myself but I noticed that the water pump is not outside, I looked at the forums and found that it is behind a cover plate and run off the timing chain, damn difficult job for me. There are 8 bolts retaining the pump in position, 3 of which hold the assembly to the engine block, the others secure the impeller assembly to the pump housing. I will never, ever buy another Ford. Ford has used two basic camshaft variations in the 3. Please note the 3 bolt holes that are empty in the pic.
Then remove the water pump and replace. Been fixing cars since I'm 10 and was a tank mechanic in the Marines and this is the most ludicrous imbasilic thing I've ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!! When these are removed, the entire pump housing will be loose from the engine. Again pressure check and no loss of pressure for a second time and no visible leaks. Used on power steering pump pulley with Audi V-8 engines, 1990 to current and Audi V-6 engines, 1992 to current, Audi 1981-1995 and Volkswagen 1983-1988 5 cylinder engines that have socket head bolts holding the pulley t. Start by Putting a jack under the oil pan. Yes it is bad to continue after overheating but designing such a critical engine component that can damage the entire engine is bad especially with the fact that although water pumps fail they should not take out other components.
I understood the danger to the engine if I drove it overheated. Good Luck The question still remains. It is about a 2 to 3 hour job, I hope to never do it agian. Now you got me worried! I have flushed the radiator, the cooling fans are running. They are completely different water pumps. The chain tensioner and arm can now be installed.
The man hrs for just the timing belt alone calls for 2. What you need: Catch pan for the Anti-freeze 8mm socket and ratchet New metal impeller water pump. The compression ratio is the same, so the newer pistons can be used in the older applications. This will stop any air entering from the only available breather in the entire system! To install, reverse the removal procedure. This mechanic in Pennsylvania steps you through the process of determining the reason for coolant loss and finally replaces the water pump on a Ford Flex 3.
My wife and I both like the car and plan on keeping it for at least 5 More years. A small piece of tape works good and after you tap the ignition you simply remove the tape, or it would probably just fall off anyways because it's spinning so fast :D Now my next project is to manufacture a Billet grille for the Taurus. All you want to do is to get the pulleys to turn a half of a turn. I now take the car home again with the coolant smell. Also, to replace the water pump will involve removing the timing belt cover and you need to follow the instructions in the manuals to setting the timing belt on these cars.
As you can see coolant is drawn thru the rad and pumped back to the cold side of the block. There is a tensioner pulley that holds the belt tight. It starts with removal of coolant and then rad-fan shroud and then the rad etc etc etc The only way to actually see if this is something you want to try on your own is to get a repair manual. New water pump gasket not needed but wouldn't hurt - new water pump belt. What you most likely be getting is just the impeller.
With all that coolant going through the exhaust your O2 sensors are toast. So we checked the cap on the heater hose and it was dry as could be and all the water moved up to the resivore. You don't have to be a Brainiac to realize that a properly operating water pump is key to your engine 's survival. The bolt is held in place while the crank turns clockwise. But keep in mind doing so means evacuating and recharging the system.
Clean pulleys and install drive belt. In 2001, the heads changed again when Ford moved the water pump from the right front side of the engine as viewed from the front to the left side. Water pump failure at 88,000 miles. I hope this helps you, and I wish you luck on your repair. The timing mark on the intake cam should be pointing to the right when viewed from the front, and the timing mark on the exhaust cam should be pointing straight up if both cams are in the correct position. Water Pump Removal Drain engine cooling system as described. The internal water pump what were they thinking? The conical piece on the back of the pump fell out however.
If there are any radiator shops near you, you may want to remove the radiator and have it rodded out. On the manual tranny, put it in 5th gear. The owner of the gas station came out and took a look and said he thought it was the water pump. Water pump failure at 88,000 miles. This will position the left cylinder head cams in the neutral position. No adjusting or fiddling, simply with one hand, hook on the pulley bolts, hold and remove the viscous fan clutch. I could not smell antifreeze last night when I popped the hood.