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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-16-2019, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Towed home on a flatbed today

So I was on a day road trip to Louisville today and on the way home ran into some issues.

As we were pulling into the expo center trying to park I noticed the car was running slightly rough.

We came out a couple hours later and headed home. Check engine light came on but it was running fine at speed.
Stopped to make a pitstop at a gas station and left it running while I went inside to relieve myself. Come out sit down and the temp gauge is pegged. Shut it down pop the hood and steam was present under the hood. No coolant any where on the ground but found a puddle of milky oil. Pulled the dipstick and the oil on the stick is clean. Inspect the underside and its oiled down from the back of the pan onto the trans covering the transmission and back of the underneath of the car on that side. Decided to send the wife and boys home with another family making the same trip and wait for a flat tow home.

Pulled into the garage up on stands and inspected the situation.
Pulled the flywheel cover and it was soaked with oil leading me to believe a rear main seal failure.
Code reader showed cam shaft position sensor and crankshaft position sensor errors.
Overflow coolant tank low and dirty, smells like oil.
Checked the dipstick again and it's still clean.
Topped off the coolant reserve.
Fire the car up and it runs smooth for about a minute or two then idles rough. After about 4 minutes of running press the go pedal for a small load and it starts smoking. Turn car off. Check coolant reserve and its still green. Check dipstick, still clean.

136,000 miles on the clock, never any issues with the car at all.
SO INTERNET.....what's your thoughts?

Head Gasket?
Cracked Head?
Water Pump?
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Sounds like a failed water pump, in the better of the two failure modes. Engine has to come out for replacement though.

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Iirc, tech/member Makuloco has a tutorial video with the h20 pump being swapped in car underhood.
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Water pump for sure. The additional coolant added to the oil causes the level in the pan to rise and as a result, it has to come out somewhere.

The bigger question is did it's failure take the engine out as well? Coolant plus main bearings never ends well.

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Originally Posted by sheila View Post
Iirc, tech/member Makuloco has a tutorial video with the h20 pump being swapped in car underhood.

I know a guy from NY state that is a Ford dealer tech, and he can do a water pump on a FWD Cyclone without removing the engine in 4 to 6 hours.
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