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Posted: 5/10/2002 5:36:00 PM EDT
to Oregon this weekend? The highly trained techs at Wally World mentioned it while they were changing my oil today. Said it appears to be coming from the water pump. Would it be unwise to take a 600 mile trip before getting it fixed? I hate cars. If its any help, I got a 90 t-bird, runs well. 6 banger.
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 5:40:58 PM EDT
That's definitely not a gamble I would take. You'll feel like a fool walking to the nearest town when you've been warned.
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 5:46:25 PM EDT
shit
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 5:46:27 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 5:47:41 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 5/10/2002 5:53:27 PM EDT
If it IS the awater pump and it decides "to go" your trip will come to a dramatic halt. This is a pretty cheap repair that I would have done FIRST. If it is just hoses, even cheaper.
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 5:56:53 PM EDT
Get it fixed!
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 6:00:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/10/2002 6:02:13 PM EDT by cluster]
I recently had to decide if I was going to replace my $hitty tires on the wifes car or go to the casinos in Shreport... Talk about a gamble .. after the 348 mile round trip ( minutes after getting home) I go to do something that reguired driving... 2 (two!!) of the crapy balding tires blow out... get it fixed.... (before you go) edited to add.************ dumb, I know .... but now I have 4 brand new shiney tires...[:)]
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 6:09:54 PM EDT
1990 = (probably) the >100,000 miles ballpark, about the right time to expect a water pump change. Not to mention timing chain/belt... Cheap? Yeah, pumps are cheap but, the labor to have them replaced could be multiples of the cost of the part. As posted though, if it goes, you are really in a bad spot...
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 6:23:55 PM EDT
I don't know a whole lot about Fords, but in my experience with GM vehicles, the water pumps tend to start weeping a little bit of coolant when they are wearing out, gradually developing into a steadier and more serious leak until finally the coolant system will barely hold pressure. This cycle usually takes quite a bot of time, giving you lots of warning before the pump fails entirely. If you aren't seeing puddles of coolant under your vehicle and don't have the time to get it fixed, your pump is probably at the earliest stages of failing. I [i]myself[/i] would probably go ahead and take a 600 mile trip. I'd also take a jug or two of coolant along, maybe even a new water and the tools to install it, and just monitor the situation. I'd be pretty confident about making the round trip without incident. If you aren't mechanically inclined and don't really know how to keep an eye on it, best to get if fixed beforehand, however.
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 6:26:06 PM EDT
If your water pump comes apart while you're driving down the road, you stand the chance of ruining your radiator, fan shroud, hoses, abd belt.
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 6:46:25 PM EDT
Get it fixed before you leave on your trip. If you have a break down on the road you could put yourself and your family at risk physically, Why chance it for a few bucks. And the repair shop will probably stick it to you financially.
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 6:49:49 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 7:16:45 PM EDT
Originally Posted By oneshot1kill: . . plus the cost of the pump which is around $55 for a new Airtex pump or $95 for a new Motorcraft pump. . . but I have been using Airtex at my shop for many years with no comebacks so I recommend them.
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I hope Airtex has fixed the problem with their water pumps. About 10 years ago, when I had my Dodge Aspen w/318CID V8, it keep on eating water pump shaft bearings every 10-15,000 miles. I ended up putting in 3 of those suckers before I sold the car.
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 7:27:37 PM EDT
I would get it fixed if it was me. If you can turn a wrench then changing the water pump should not be that hard for you if you wanted to do it yourself. The hard part is the belt(s) depending on the vehicle. medcop
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 8:30:48 PM EDT
Some pumps eventually wear out around the shaft and start dribbling. My car's did, and it ran fine after that for several months. Regarding fixability, replacing the water pump on mine basically meant removing the engine. The pump was bolted in along an entire side of the block. Something to do with saving weight on the block, resulting in there being no metal available to cut a coolant path into it. The pump's body provided that "pipe" from the bottom of the block to the top.
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 9:47:31 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DonR: If your water pump comes apart while you're driving down the road, you stand the chance of ruining your radiator, fan shroud, hoses, abd belt.
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Depends on where the pump is and how it is driven. On some engines, the water pump is driven off of the camshaft. On the 2.4l DOHC in my Pontiac Sunfire, the water pump is driving by the timing chain. It's kind of a bitch to replace, but it would take a bit of abuse to grenade it. I probably drove it for a thouand miles befire with a leaky pump before replacing it.
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 9:49:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By warlord: I hope Airtex has fixed the problem with their water pumps. About 10 years ago, when I had my Dodge Aspen w/318CID V8, it keep on eating water pump shaft bearings every 10-15,000 miles. I ended up putting in 3 of those suckers before I sold the car.
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Airtex has, and probably still does, used plastic impellers in some of their pumps. These are notorious for failing when the plastic impeller starts spinning on the pump shaft.
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 10:02:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/10/2002 10:03:33 PM EDT by xanadu]
Since you asked for advice, I'll dispense some. Take it from a guy that has sat on the side of a major interstate with all the coolant in the engine spewing onto the road below... [size=3]...get a better opinion than a freakin' walmart grease monkey![/size=3] As some of the members have posted, you need to: 1: locate the EXACT source of the leak. 2: determine the best course of action. If the leak is coming from the: Water pump weep hole - Get it relaced Hose - Get hose replaced Front seal around the pully - Definately get it replaced Gasket where the WP attaches to to the block - get it fixed regardless, get a person that's a good wrench(unless you can do it yourself) to look at it.
Link Posted: 5/10/2002 10:44:36 PM EDT
Rent a car for the weekend and deal with it Monday.
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