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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-19-2009, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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How to Change the Water Pump on a 2000 Ford Taurus, with 3.0L Duratec Engine
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1. Disconnect negative battery cable and, two minutes later, disconnect positive battery cable, to prevent accidental deployment of air bags.
2. Remove serpentine belt.
3. Place car on jack stands.
4. Here's the trick: Remove right-front wheel and plastic wheel-well liner (3 screws and 4 push pins), for access.
5. Remove air dam and drain radiator.
6. Disconnect radiator hoses from water pump.
7. Remove antifreeze reservoir (degasser), for improved access.
8. Remove tensioner pulley, for improved access.
9. Remove water pump assembly, by loosening four 13 mm nuts securing the pump/housing to engine (3 from the top and 1 through wheel-well access) and three 10 mm bolts securing the pump/housing to the air conditioning compressor brace (through wheel-well access).
10. Disconnect heater hose from water pump.
11. Separate water pump from pump housing.
12. Clean gasket and sealant material from pump housing.
13. Coat new gasket, on both sides, with black RTV sealant, Permatex No. 2, or other suitable sealant.
14. Install pump on pump housing and tighten the (7) M6x1.0, Grade 5, cap screws hand-tight. Then, tighten cap screws to 98 inch-pounds (lubricated), using a 5 mm hex bit socket. The Haynes Manual and AllData say to tighten the cap screws to 18 lb.-ft., which will strip the aluminum threads in the water pump.
15. Install new pump/housing on engine, tightening the 3 bolts securing the air conditioning compressor brace to 18 lb.-ft. and the 4 nuts securing the pump/housing to the engine to 22 lb.-ft.
16. Reattach radiator hoses, heater hose, button everything up, and refill with coolant.
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This should apply to all Gen 3 Duratecs as well. 96-00 use the same water pump. Pics would be great!

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I was hoping for pics as well as I will be attempting this.

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Is the sealant necessary for the gasket? Someone I know that works on cars says it's not necessary.

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Note that I didn't need to remove the tensioner pulley in my 96 3L DOHC. However, it was a bear slipping the pump out after removing the nuts and other items listed above. It did clear, but I thought I'd need to file the bolts down until reading: Water pump replacement question Note also that I removed the steering pump hose that extends above the water pump. This allowed me to lift water pump out the top.
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Most professionals do not use RTV and it is not needed if the mating surfaces are very clean. I always have used it myself and never had a problem.
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Most professionals do not use RTV and it is not needed if the mating surfaces are very clean. I always have used it myself and never had a problem.
For whatever it is worth, I use RTV in very thin layers on paper gaskets, both sides. I put the gasket on a news paper, rub one side with a very thin coat, flip it over and do the other side. If it is on things that need to be removed easily later, put a very light coat of oil on the surfaces. It will remove with modest effort.

And as I remember, '00 stands alone one year only on WP location. Different hoses too. '01 and later puts the pump belt driven off the cam shaft.

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And as to silicone, gasket stuff. My brother told me at his workplace they would not let them use it anymore. Some years back, he is retired now. (like me).
Seems some mechanics used too much and it got inside the engine oil area and plugged things up, causing fails. He said, if it is used right it a great product. Used wrong, lots of things can go wrong.

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Some modern engines, like the GM 3.6L V6 abomination, dont use any gaskets. They use 100% sealants on all mating surfaces.

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