2001 Ford Taurus I think there is a fault in my cooling sys

Tiny
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I own a 2001 Ford Taurus, a few weeks ago I had the engine coolant hose replaced that had a blow leak in it. It cost me 140 dollars to replace at the dealers. Now the engiine seems like it might have another problem in the cooling system, because when I was out running arrons with my taurus, the engine heat seemed hotter than normal? And I noticed fluid under my car, the color is either transparent or reddish? I think its engine coolant again but no ''check engine '' light or ''low coolant'' or anything signifying a over heated engine temp. I think it might be a faulty ECT sensor, I am also thinking about checking the water pump sense it hasnt been replaced yet that I know of. My question about that is - Where is the water pulley and water pump located? And the ECT sensor? I heard that the ECT sensor is somewhere on the intake manifold. Im just worried about my car and the seriousness of the damage it might have underneath, ya know. Thx!
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Saturday, July 10th, 2010 AT 9:49 PM

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Tiny
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Can you tell me aprox where the leak is coming from? As far as the ECT, I really don't think it has anything to do with this problem. The water pump is basically center of the engine. Follow the serp belt to find it. If you still can't, check out the belt routing diagrams site on this page. It will list the accessories and show where the pump is located.

Let me know if you have other questions.

Joe
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Saturday, July 10th, 2010 AT 9:54 PM
Tiny
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Hi there,

Start with a cooling system pressure test, the water pump is located at the front of the engine it is an external water pump driven by the serpentine belt, a pressure test may show any leakage from the front of the engine, do this check first.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Saturday, July 10th, 2010 AT 9:59 PM
Tiny
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Its about the center of the engine from underneath, I dont smell any coolant though?
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Saturday, July 10th, 2010 AT 10:00 PM
Tiny
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With the cooling system pressure test, you may see the source of the leak, follow the fresh leak and you should see where it is coming from.

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Saturday, July 10th, 2010 AT 10:05 PM
Tiny
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I researched the pressure test and I was wondering where do I go to have it done? At a autoparts store? If I can only have it done at the dealers, it will cost me a arm and a leg.
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Saturday, July 10th, 2010 AT 10:41 PM
Tiny
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Hi there,

A pressure test is just a hand pump that attaches to the filler of the cooling system, air is pumped in to simulate running pressure, it takes all of a minuet or two do do the test, cost should be very minimal.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Saturday, July 10th, 2010 AT 10:54 PM
Tiny
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Also, most parts stores will lend or rent them to you.
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Saturday, July 10th, 2010 AT 11:07 PM

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