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Old 09-03-2009, 17:16   #1 (permalink)
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Question 1999 Ford Windstar Water Pump

I have to replace the water pump on my 1999 windstar (3.8L), and I wonder if anyone has any advice on how to proceed? I have changed water pumps before on various vehicles, but the space limitations on this one have me scratching my head. A few co-workers have told me I may need to remove the engine! I hope there are alternative methods....any suggestions? Manuals? Pictures? Videos? Any help would be very appreciated.

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Old 09-03-2009, 18:19   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 1999 Ford Windstar Water Pump

Removal

1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.

2. Drain the cooling system. For additional information.

3. Remove the accessory drive belt.

4. Raise and support the vehicle.

5. Disconnect lower radiator hose from the water pump lower tube.

6. Remove the engine mount nuts.

Lower the vehicle.

7. Remove the cowl extension panel. (Thats theone with the wiper arms go through).

8. Disconnect the water bypass hose and the heater hose from the water pump outlet tube.

9. Remove the water pump outlet tube bolt and position the tube assembly out of the way.

10. Install the lifting eye to the exhaust manifold.

11. Attach engine lifting equipment and raise the engine 127 mm (5 inches).

12. Remove the bolt and the accessory belt idler pulley.

13. Remove the bolts and the generator support bracket.

14. Remove the four bolts and the water pump pulley.

15. Remove the water pump. Remove the five nuts. Remove the five studs.
Remove the four bolts. Remove the water pump, lower tube and gasket as an assembly.
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Thank you! I will print this out and use as a guide. I may check it over one more time and make sure it is actually the water pump that is spewing coolant, or if something else is the culprit. This is a big project to undertake to be wrong lol. I'll post back over the weekend when I get a chance to check it out again.
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Re: 1999 Ford Windstar Water Pump

Well, good news and bad....Good news, it was not the water pump. Bad news, it is a hose which I cannot find anywhere at the local parts stores. This vehicle has an upper radiator hose (drivers side) a lower radiator hose (passenger side, goes to the water pump) and a mystery hose which goes from the coolant reservoir to the radiator. That is the hose I need, and no one has it...furthermore I do not know what it is called. The hose sits below the A/C pulley and looks as if it has rubbed a hole in it over time. Anyone have a clue as to what this hose is called and where I can find one??

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If it just rubbed a hole in it, how about getting a pipe to fit inside the hose and 2 clamps. Then reroute the hose away from the scuffing point.
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