Three days ago, a few miles from home, the check engine light came on. The owner of the gas station came out and took a look and said he thought it was the water pump. . Since when is this acceptable? It is very similar in scope to the work required to replace a timing belt on other engines. I just did this little chore myself on the 2008 Sebring Convertible with a 2. Take the pulley off, then the belt.
Alternately you could just plan to pay to have the water pump replaced every 50K miles or so. Estimated pricing is based on the estimated time for the repair, the estimated range of labor rates based on the region in which the repair will take place, and the estimated range of price of the base parts needed for the repair. Water pump was nearly completely destroyed. Ford dealer started work on Monday and determined yes was water pump. Its like any action that takes time, the more you do it, the easier it will be and quicker it will be. The rest of the story can be found by searching the internet. I expected to drive it for 3 years and trade-up.
Had the leak not been found, there could have been serious overheating issues. For those who are mechanically inclined, This does not look like a hard job. Your water pump pushes coolant throughout the engine to aid in keeping it at operating temperature. All dash lights came on. That's where the water pump comes into the picture. In the morning I went to check on the vehicle and that's when we discovered the coolant in the engine.
I now take the car home again with the coolant smell. I had to take it back every month because of the engine. This was a huge factor when they designed the engine + they implemented the weep hole to warn the owner which seems to work in many cases not all! My temperature sensor suddenly came on and the temperature gauge barried itself. It is clear that the pump bearing failed, allowing the pump shaft to move excessively causing the visible wear of the impeller and casing shown in the photos , ultimately resulting in the water seal failure and coolant flowing into the crankcase. The faulty engineering design decisions on these engines will cost Ford more money in the long run due to lost customers than they can possibly fathom. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!! I take very good care of my car and have all of the service records.
Mark the back of it with the old thermostat in it if you get one with a jiggle valve, it'll make it easier to put the new one in because the jiggle valve needs to be on top. I believe Ford knows of this problem or they wouldn't have upgraded the water pump to correct the problem. This pump is 100% tested to ensure quality. Even though it is winter here and outside temperature was below zero, this gauge was climbing pretty fast. Went to Ford this afternoon and took some pix.
I was fortunate that this occurred on a city street and not on the freeway as this could have caused a major accident. Just a warning for my fellow Taurus owners with 80K plus on the clocks, if you notice some dripping on the ground from the area of the alternator. Now we also know that these vehicles have a design that has the potential to take out the motor with it when it fails. I am new to the Forum, but have been doing extensive searches on this problem. Yes, if you get hit, it is expensive.
I think we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg. They are pretty close to the Japanese counterparts, especially the 2005+ Fusion. The vehicle was towed to ray haskell Ford 801 kennedy memorial dr, oakland, me where it was diagnosed that the water pump failed and damaged the engine. My wife was driving on the freeway when she noticed the Engine temp coolant go to High and she stopped and called me, luckily. I set the repair appointment and pay the price. Jack, I am having to agree with WebMaster it is a faulty design.
I called a tow truck and had it towed to a shop and got a hotel for the night. It will be interesting to see what is different about the redesigned part and if it actually solves the problem of coolant leaking internally to the engine. Always consult a certified automotive mechanic before making important automotive repair and service decisions. In fact, Ford's made a potentially terrible decision as they're bound to have a bunch of off-lease Fusions in the near future. The engine coolant is refilled and coolant system is checked through operation. However they do sometimes do special service bulletins on this kind of thing.
After researching and most helpful info on htis site determined was water pump. From what I saw so far, in many cases the water pump fails because of a fault timing chain. Went to Ford this afternoon and took some pix. Tap the heater hose lightly with a soft-faced mallet to break the seal with the gasket. Shop foreman has no idea. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. This has been my dream car and it has been running like a charm.
Luckly for me, I discovered that my car was still under warranty due to an extended warranty I had purchased when I bought the car. For more explanation, see rule 1. Based on what I saw with how quickly the car overheated with and ambient outside air temperature of about f it's a wonder no Ford Taurus' has started on fire. I can't stress this enough. It is really a fairly high profile engine for Ford that received a lot of acclaim after it was released. One thing I find very interesting was the fact that the dealer does not report this kind of issue to Ford since it is out of warranty.