Dreaded Water Pump Failure... help?

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Generic1
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Dreaded Water Pump Failure... help?

Post by Generic1 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:47 pm

I have 2008 Taurus X Limited that has experienced H20 pump failure (I think).

High miles (280k), yet impeccably maintained by previous owner, and I've done my best to keep it up.
Car looks and drives like a dream, until the other day. I noticed it seem to lose a little power, and made an odd noise, but couldn't determine a cause. Next day, the wife's driving when it dies. I get to her, and bringing it home noticed temp gauge pretty warm. Checked the oil and there's coolant in oil.

remembered the noise and figured that was a problem in the water pump.

So.... question. what's it cost to repair? I'm not able to attempt myself. If it could be repaired for less than $1000, and be ok, I'd be hard pressed to get a better car for a grand, even with the miles.

It looks amazing, has brand new Michelins etc.. hate to send it to the boneyard
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Re: Dreaded Water Pump Failure... help?

Post by spy1309 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:04 pm

Get it fixed, it will cost you around 1k but those cars can run 400k easy....it might be a good ideea at the same time to check the timming chain, guides and tensioner....insist on a engine flush so all coolant traces are gone.
It will be hard to find a better car even for 2-3k.

PS - Make sure the failure was not caused by a blown head gasket.

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Re: Dreaded Water Pump Failure... help?

Post by Generic1 » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:41 am

That's encouraging! We absolutely love the car, but don't want to waste money on it. I'm gonna have it checked then and go from there. Thanks!
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Re: Dreaded Water Pump Failure... help?

Post by pwschuh » Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:58 am

Not sure about the T-Rex engine, but on most engines, a water pump failure will not result in the symptoms you list (engine dying, poor running, coolant in oil). On most cars, a water pump just leaks coolant. I would get a compression test to make sure the head gasket is intact.
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Re: Dreaded Water Pump Failure... help?

Post by Generic1 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:25 am

def will do
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Re: Dreaded Water Pump Failure... help?

Post by mmsstar » Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:40 pm

On the 3.5 the water pump is inside the timing cover. When it fails it dumps coolant into the engine.
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Re: Dreaded Water Pump Failure... help?

Post by spy1309 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:15 pm

Agree as above...T rex dumps coolant in the engine ...if you insist to drive you destroy the engine by createing hydro lock ...as known water does not compress.

PS- You will be hard pressed to find a car like the T rex to go another 100k for $1000

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Re: Dreaded Water Pump Failure... help?

Post by pwschuh » Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:58 am

mmsstar wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:40 pm
On the 3.5 the water pump is inside the timing cover. When it fails it dumps coolant into the engine.
Ah, OK. That's good to know.
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