QUOTE (nbpt100 @ Jul 1 2009, 11:08 PM)
The hose below the water pump goes into a steel tube with a few bends in it. It is rusted and spent. Can't find a good one in a junk yard. I live in the Northeast and these are all rusted. I am not sure how to describe it to a parts counter person as this engine has allot of tubes in its cooling system. Does anyone know the proper nomenclature to describe this? Does Ford have a drawing of the hose routing that is available.? A picture is worth 1000's of words. It was suggested i try to make one out of copper. Will this material be compatable with the cooling system.? Any other ideas?
I am told it is very expensive at the Dealer.[/b]
I am sure you have repaired problem long ago on your Taurus. For those that have gen III duratec powered Taurus or Sable this problem is going to happen sooner or later. I felt that all hose and tie strap replacement would work fine on Wife's 97 LS but have gotten 13 years of service from original part made from totally wrong metal for salted roads in state. I decided to replace original part with same. As of March, 2010 best price was found online for Mercury replacement part #8A567 or "water pump inlet hose" also called "coolant tube" at Car Quest. Auto Zone and Car Quest did not carry nor could order this part.Best price found for new tube was 143.30 + low shipping from dealer in RI. Sad that local Ford dealer was usual greedy self and wanted $200.00 + tax for same factory part.
My Son and I working outside in driveway with hand tools, no complete manual and floor jack -- removed right front wheel, inner plastic fender shield, lower splash pan, radiator fan, drained coolant into oil catch container, but only undid not remove serpentine belt and tried to remove old part in one piece. This was first attempt at this for both of us and I felt $15 for instructions online was too much to pay. Could see quickly that belt should have been pulled of car and air conditioning compressor was largest problem to one piece removal of old part. Felt that if wanted to reinstall new part correctly without damage -- we must remove old one in one piece. After removal of compressor mounting bracket bolts and connected tubing clamp from head we spent 45 minutes to remove old inlet hose / tube. New one fit in place with fair movement of engine in its mounts in about 30 minutes. Total time spent was about 5 hours. Replaced all parts in reverse sequence including battery connection that did not mention should be removed also. Coolant that was pouring from Sable was clean as could be. So replaced from overflow tank two bottles ** water wetter, one gallon anti - freeze and top off all as car ran with clean water about 2/3 gallon. I am not sure was better idea to do this in driveway than paying shop do job @2 hours labor + coolant if find shop that is willing to work with persons parts. my 98 Taurus SE (Limited Edition?) is not that bad yet but will be sooner or later for sure. the old tube looked like was salvaged from deck of Titanic. Had no less than ten holes in it and was pure luck it went just withing a day or so of changing oil and filter. Antifreeze level was still up in o f tank. I guess depends on how much you value your hands,fingers,wrists, and back as to wisdom of doing job yourself. With me just matter of being child of 60's living near Telegraph Rd and just having done so much more when things were simpler by far. My son did 90% of work.
98 Taurus SE/LE? Serial number pulls up that read. Duratec 3.0L daily driver.
97 Sable LS duratec and Wifes daily driver.