Ford Bronco 351W

Tiny
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Hi I have a full size bronco with the 351w V8 and almost 213K miles on it.

I'm just curious, I purchased a new water pump since I was told my old one was going out, and I wanted to install it myself but when I took the new one out, not knowing much about this kind of thing, there's a metal plate on the back that's held on with a couple bolts. Does it have to stay on when I install it or do I take it off?
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Sunday, July 8th, 2007 AT 7:42 PM

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Tiny
MERLIN2021
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If you don't know this. Don't try the job yourself. It will I gaurantee you cause MISERY!
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Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 AT 6:53 PM
Tiny
INDYUKE
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What is the year of your vehicle?

If you have the serpentine belt setup, then the plate needs to stay on because you have a reverse rotation system. There should be a gasket between the plate and the water pump. Leave it, and if the bolts are on only finger tight, torque them to 35ft/lbs, then install the water pump.
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Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 AT 9:56 PM
Tiny
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Well thank you Indyuke I appreciate your time and patience. It's a 92 and yes it does have the serpentine belt so I guess that means reverse rotation. The pump did come with the gasket, and I checked the bolts, they were pretty tight, but I broke them loose and torqued them just to be safe.

And merlin I think you need to loosen up a little. I mean I'm only 20 years old and haven't spent all my life under the hood of a car/truck/whatever. I'm sure when you started you didn't know everything and had to ask questions so maybe you should back off and let me ask and learn. If it causes "misery" then that's my own fault for not asking enough questions and shows that I need to learn from my mistakes.

I would rather do the work myself and learn a little than pay for a mechanic that I can't afford right now. I don't NEED the truck so it can stay sitting in the driveway if something goes wrong. Which now that my question has been answered in a useful way I don't think that is going to happen.

Also, how do you know if your thermostat needs to be replaced? And if the gauge isn't working in the dash for the temp, do you think the temp. Sensor has gone bad (this is for an 89 ranger btw, wifes truck)

Thanks again for your help.
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Thursday, July 12th, 2007 AT 8:52 AM

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