Mechanics

WATER PUMP

1999 Ford Escort

Engine Cooling problem
1999 Ford Escort 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 104000 miles

My wife was driving the Escort home from work the other day, about a 45 min drive, and when she got home she told me the car was overheating. Apparently this has been happening for a while now, gradually getting worse. So, I took it for a short drive the next day. I just recently had the radiator and coolant tested, before this happened, and it was good. I watched for the fans to cut on, and they did, so that's working. I grabbed the hose near the thermostat and waited for the thermostat to open, and it did, so that's not the problem either. At this point, I suspect the water pump. I see some small coolant leakage, but I haven't yet identified where it is coming from, which brings me to my question.

As you probably know, the water pump is quite buried under the hood, so if I don't have to replace it, I don't want to, lol. I've had to replace a water pump before, on a Pontiac, and it had a weep hole that would leak if the water pump had failed. So, would the water pump on my Escort be weeping if it's failed?
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70Boss302
April 8, 2009.




http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/55316_99escortwp_1.jpg



http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/55316_99escorttb_1.jpg



Yes, you do have a weep hole, just like every other water pump ever manufactured. In your case, your WP is located behind the TB. You should replace the timing belt at the same time.

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Zackman
Apr 9, 2009.