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?