My ‘98 2wd
4cyl Ranger is down. I spent the day ATTEMPTING to replace the water pump. I have used a Haynes manual, Ford dealer info supplied by the Parts Dept, and Auto repair subscription info from a local repair shop. All say basically the same thing.
1. Drain coolant
2. Fan & shroud off.
3. Drive Belt off
4. Unbolt Water Pump
5. Unbolt & move AC compressor.
6. Unbolt large bracket holding Power Steering Pump. (What a pain this was!!!)
7. Remove outer plastic outer timing belt cover.
NOW is the problem…After the water pump is unbolted it needs to slide towards the drivers side to clear the pipe that is inserted into the water pump nozzle. The problem is that the inner timing belt case (the part the outer cover clips into) is fitted around the timing belt tensioner & will not permit the pump to slide right.
How do I remove the old water pump? The pipe that is inserted into the water pump nozzle is not flexible. None of the manuals discuss a way to loosen this pipe.
I know that there is a way to do this without breaking something. Please help!