New to Forum and have a question...
I am new here because Last night, I bought a 1998 Taurus 24V DOHC 3.0 for my wife to use as a work car. Car ran great for the forty miles I drove it home with the exception of the turn signal switch being bad.
This morning, the car got hot just going across town ( about two miles). The dash light said "low coolant". I cooled it off and added anti-freeze, but it started running hot again.
I brought it home and changed the thermostat because I thought it was stuck in the closed position. Again, it got hot.
Then I noticed a radiator-type hose running from the back of the block into the top of the water pump. It was rubber on each end and steel in the middle. Near the back of the block, the hose was hot, but near the water pump, it was cool. The heater was not running warm at all.
I think it is a bad water pump. I have one on order.
My question, has anyone experienced anything similar? And do you concur with the diagnosis of water pump failure? And how tough is it to actually change this type of pump?
The last Ford water pump I changed was on a 351 Windsor and it was an all day job.