water pump replacement

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Old 05-28-02, 06:23 PM
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Question water pump replacement

i have a 89 mercury sable ls, 3.8lt I would like to replace a leaking waterpump, Is there anything i need to know before replacing it and also how can i go about replacing it ?
 
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Old 05-29-02, 05:42 AM
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You can check the link in my signature file for some ideas.

Another common leak area is the timing cover on a 3.8 Ford like that.

That and blown head gaskets . The 3.8 is a notorious gasket blower.
 
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Old 05-29-02, 10:52 AM
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You beat me to it, Joe.

Make sure it's the water pump (if the problem is a leak). I had to repair a leak on my brother's '93 that a repair shop had diagnosed as water pump; was actually leaking from gasket between timing cover and block.

Pretty straight foward if it is water pump only, for timing cover a lot more involved.
 
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Old 05-29-02, 10:55 AM
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Lol.

That's because I remembered your post from a while back TowGuy .

Good minds think alike.
 
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Old 05-29-02, 07:25 PM
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The good news is the repair work seems to be holding up okay; just hoping it doesn't blow a head gasket before they decide to trade it off for something better.
 
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Old 05-30-02, 05:52 AM
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True. My uncle and his family have a host of these Tauri/Sable gems, but fortunately they are 3.0 engines.

Otherwise I would be getting a ton of calls regarding engine problems. (I still do...lol...it's Ford...he he).

My cousin's 1993 is getting the proverbial signs of tranny slippage (as is his 1996 which I personally experienced). I told him when those cars hit 6 years old to pitch them (they were company cars) and get something better. Lol.
 
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Old 05-30-02, 10:38 AM
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