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i need to replace the water pump in a 2001 taurus with 3.0 ohv. i have loosend the water pump pulley bolts, removed belt, removed alternator, removed coolant reservoir. From there i think i need to remove the tensioner. if this is true, do i need to take the tensioner pulley off and then take the tensioner out? i read that it is a torx screw. does anyone know what size as i think the largest one i have is a T 40. Assuming i get the tensioner off, is there any thing else i have to remove in order to get this pump off. any help appreciated as i am doing this as a favor for my father-in-law
 

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i need to replace the water pump in a 2001 taurus with 3.0 ohv. i have loosend the water pump pulley bolts, removed belt, removed alternator, removed coolant reservoir. From there i think i need to remove the tensioner. if this is true, do i need to take the tensioner pulley off and then take the tensioner out? i read that it is a torx screw. does anyone know what size as i think the largest one i have is a T 40. Assuming i get the tensioner off, is there any thing else i have to remove in order to get this pump off. any help appreciated as i am doing this as a favor for my father-in-law
I'm pretty sure my tensioner used a T50 (99 Taurus). I think you would probably need to move the PS pump/bracket out of the way after taking the tensioner off, that's how I remember mine. The engine picture below will give you a good idea of where the water pump is and the bolts you need to remove.

File:FordVulcanEngine.PNG - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Good luck!
 

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Does the bracket and pump come out together or seperately and do i actually have to take the pump out or can i keep it hooked up and just move it out of the way?
 

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OK, I bumped it, so it should be right below this post.

WATER PUMP posted by dmart12


diy instructions.

disconnect neg. battery cable.
open radiator petcock(driver's side) or remove lower radiator hose from radiator.
drain coolant.
take 8 or 10mm wrench(I've seen both), loosen w/p pulley bolts.
remove serpentine belt.
remove 4 bolts from pulley and remove pulley.
remove small bracket from top of alternator(8mm wrench).
remove 13mm bolt from alternator and loosen 15mm bolt on alternator then flip alternator out of way, slightly snug the 15mm bolt.
remove 7 8mm bolts holding water pump. there is one directly center beneath the shaft(hard to see) do not forget this!!
remove 4 13mm bolts holding water pump (2 each side).
remove water pump (tap lightly with hammer usually).
clean all remnants of old gasket material.
reverse for install.


that's basically it off the top of my head.
 

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i need to replace the water pump in a 2001 taurus with 3.0 ohv. i have loosend the water pump pulley bolts, removed belt, removed alternator, removed coolant reservoir. From there i think i need to remove the tensioner. if this is true, do i need to take the tensioner pulley off and then take the tensioner out? i read that it is a torx screw. does anyone know what size as i think the largest one i have is a T 40. Assuming i get the tensioner off, is there any thing else i have to remove in order to get this pump off. any help appreciated as i am doing this as a favor for my father-in-law
I am removing my water pump, and I have gotten stuck at removing the tensioner as well. I do not have a torx set. I want to confirm what size torx this uses. According to the video below, it uses a torx47, however that is HARD to find, and quite pricey. They Torx50, as suggested numerous times in this tread is quite common and cheap.

Can anyone confirm if a Torx50 will work for removing the tensioner?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1Me9BG1zcE

Tha alternator bracket does not need to come off, neither does the tensioner IIRC, it's been a while.
Can anyone confirm if I need to remove the tensioner? According to the video, I need to take off the tensioner and the A/C bracket.
 
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