Continuing on... I got all the damage from the ladder incident repaired and got my car back yesterday.Thanks for the update and sorry to hear about the accident. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Car goes in on Tuesday for evaluation. Shame, nice car and I like it a lot, but the water pump issue has me seriously reconsidering my ownership of this vehicle. I’ve only had the Taurus a short time but never would have considered the purchase if I was aware of this potential problem beforehand. I wonder just what the actual percentage of failure is compared to unaffected engines. Thanks again for the suggestions, I’ll update once I get more info.
Last night I pulled all the spark plugs, pressurized the cooling system and inspected inside each cylinder with a snake camera, making sure that each piston was at BDC during its cylinder inspection. There are no leaks into any cylinder (which I already assumed because I'm not seeing any white smoke from the exhaust, but I wanted to be completely sure).
Following Peter_Duncan's suggestion, I thoroughly inspected everywhere that coolant could possibly drip, spray, run or be blown onto for signs of a leak, and found none.
This morning I pulled several parts off of my engine to get a better view of things in order to re-inspect for any signs of external leaks. I did this inspection with the engine completely cold (it had not been started in more than 24 hours and it's currently around 55 degrees in my garage). When I put my head down into the area normally occupied by the air cleaner outlet pipe and air filter box (so that my face was near the driver-side edge of the radiator), I immediately, distinctly and consistently smell coolant. There are no signs of any leaks from either radiator hose. I again thoroughly inspected the radiator with a snake camera and find no signs of any leak. As a side note, I did find that the radiator had previously been replaced, which is odd for a car with such low mileage. The car had a clean CarFax when I bought it, and there are no signs of any previous wreck. I think that this evening or some time tomorrow I will pull the radiator out to get a better look at it. I'll spray it with soapy water, pressurize it and look for bubbles. I'll report back once I know more.
I'm curious to know what the dealership finds on your car.