Hi, my 2004 Taurus is leaking coolant pretty bad, we've changed out the water pump and also the hose, and it's still leaking? What could it be? Plz help!
Yes, we even had a mechanic say it was the water pump and then he said it was the hose. And it's still leaking and I'm sure what engine it is exactly.What engine? Duratec or Vulcan? The cooling systems are completely different between the 2 engines.
If Vulcan, timing cover leaks are fairly common.
Didnt you locate the actual source of the leak before going thru the hassle of replacing the water pump?
If it looks like the engine pictured at this link Engines | Taurus/Sable Encyclopedia, then it's the Vulcan.I'm not sure what engine it is.
Theres a hole in the lower intake manifold. If I pay someone to fix that, what are possible things a mechanic will run into that will also need to be fixed?If it looks like the engine pictured at this link Engines | Taurus/Sable Encyclopedia, then it's the Vulcan.
If it looks like the engine pictured at this link Engines | Taurus/Sable Encyclopedia, then it's the Duratec.
NOTE: The 8th digit of your VIN will also tell you which engine you have. VIN codes for the two engines, can be found at the links above. VIN can be found on a sticker (easiest place to find it) inside the Drivers' door. On my '95, it's on the side of the door that faces the "B" pillar (the one between the front and rear doors).
What other things are possible that a mechanic might run into that also need to be fixed? Good question. Whenever a system in a car, especially an older one, has a problem, it is prudent and wise to have the entire SYSTEM evaluated. In the case of a cooling system, this includes radiator,water pump, the coolant itself, thermostat, various hoses,cooling fans,etc. Making piecemeal repairs to an aging cooling system is a fool's errand, often when one leak or fault is repaired, another may occur, as all of the parts/pieces are under pressure and have the same # of miles and heat cycles. In your case, at the very least, whatever parts are disturbed to repair the current leak need to be considered, and/or those parts that are prone to failure that are now accessible with the intake manifold removed.A thorough evaluation of the entire cooling system by a well qualified, TRUSTED shop is the best advice that I can give.Theres a hole in the lower intake manifold , if I pay to get that fixed, what are possible things a mechanic might run into, that will also need to be fixed?
How did you get to the firewall side freeze plugs on the taurus without removing the exhaust manifolds (if thats what you did)?+1 on what Jeff K said. I have Vulcans in both my daily drivers (Ranger, Taurus). I just replaced the water pump in my Taurus. I replaced the timing cover gaskets in both when I did the water pumps. And as a precaution, I replaced the freeze plugs in both heads (it was just easier with everything removed). Now I'm not saying this to make you feel worse (on the contrary), but I think your mechanic should have put dye in the cooling system before starting the repairs.