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Old 01-25-2007, 10:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1999 Ford Taurus, 3.0 Vulcan motor, 145,000 miles.

I pulled the car up on ramps yesterday and looked at the water pump area from underneath. I can see where coolant is leaking from an area behind the water pump. It appears that coolant is leaking from a seal for the timing cover gasket. Even though I do not have coolant puddles around in my garage, I'm currently adding 2-3 quarts of coolant a week to the overflow tank.

Is common for a leak to occur here? I was planning to install a new water pump, but replacing the timing cover gasket looks a bit too much for this shade tree mechanic.

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Old 01-25-2007, 11:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am chasing a similar problem with my 2001. Mine has about 130,000 miles on it but I am getting a small puddle after I drive it and the car sits. It looks like it is comming from the waterpump end of the engine but I can not see it from the top. I will let you know if I find anything on my end.

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Old 01-26-2007, 09:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If its coming from the waterpump weephole, generally that means its time for a new waterpump.

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Damon is probably right, but, it is also completely possible that the timing cover has deteriorated. It is aluminum and will over time, rot. Although this usually looks like the end of the head is leaking(bank one-rear head), or (bank two-front head) will look like the back of the alternator is leaking, or it will just leak into the crankcase(oil).
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Old 08-26-2012, 12:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I know this thread is dirt old but I wanted to input real quick.

It is completely possible to have the timing cover gasket leak coolant on the 1999 Ford Taurus (Vulcan). There are coolant ports that go from the water pump housing, thru the timing cover and into the block. If you have a gasket failure, you may certainly have coolant loss through the timing cover gasket. In my case, I have replaced the timing cover gasket for a leak originating from the top right area of the cover.
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yep - see Need help identifying source of Coolant Leak
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I had the cover leak at 110,000 miles and 10 years old. Is not difficult for someone with mechanical skills, has patience and the time to do it. Dealer wanted $1000 "or possibly more", couldn't see putting that much into the car for such a relatively easy job. Parts at Pep Boys, including new sprocket and timing chain were less than $100. Since you have the cover off and cleaning the gasket surfaces is a major PIA when doing a water pump, you might want to replace that as well. If you have a corroded cover, you should consider that you have other corrosion problems as well. You will have to remove under radiator shrouding and drain out the cooling system. (it takes a while, lots of steps to the job)
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Just did my timing cover gasket. Major job, even if I have didn't removed the oil pan.
Plan at least 10 hours. This job at dealer is quoted about a grand...for a 10 bucks gasket.
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I found a guy that will do it locally for 300$ labor. If the thing holds until about thanksgiving, im gonna have him do it and a tchain. Total parts about 60$ from rockauto.com. Beats the hel* out of anything a repair shop will charge.
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I found a guy that will do it locally for 300$ labor. If the thing holds until about thanksgiving, im gonna have him do it and a tchain. Total parts about 60$ from rockauto.com. Beats the hel* out of anything a repair shop will charge.
Same here, $250 in labor but that's going to be Timing Chain & Sprockets, Gaskets, drop oil pan and replace the oil pump, and check the main bearings and connecting rod bearings.

Told him that I would get all the stuff up top removed for him so he can tackle the main portion. I'll happily pay $250 and about $150 in parts (oil pumps aren't cheap)
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