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Old 11-12-2010, 06:58 AM
vv0350 vv0350 is offline
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Default Set me straight on Water Pump issue..

I have a 2003 Ford Ranger with 2.3L engine. 138,000 miles...

I have noticed that their is a constant slow usage of coolant from the coolant jug every time I open the hood. Noticed a slight puddle of coolant under a "component" that is driven off the surpentene belt. The component is near the top right side of the front of the engine. I "believe" this is the water pump. I have tried to find out info about it but not much to confirm or deny that this is the pump can be found on the net. I called the dealer and they told me that on the 2003 Ranger 2.3, the water pump is driven off the "timing belt" and that this is a "deep" repair. I don't think this component/water pump? is driven off my "timing belt" and they say that the timing belt should be replaced also. Estimate of $650. was given. I "think" that if this is the water pump, then it seems to be a straight forward repair (per Clymer) .drain radiator...loosen pump pulley bolts..remove the surpentene belt, unbolt the pump pulley, pull the pump/ block bolts, pull the pump out straight, insert a new pump with some kind of special lube (vasoline ?), bolt the pulley back on, put the surpertine belt back in place, add coolant.. and your done.

Am I correct or am I crazy...I think they are mixed up with some other engines requirements..??
Thanks for any help
2011 Ford Ranger, 6 cyl Flex, 2 door extended cab, auto, 4.0L engine, 43,000 miles.

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Old 11-13-2010, 08:39 PM
sheltonfilms sheltonfilms is offline
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Default Re: Set me straight on Water Pump issue..

According to ALLDATA for a 2003 2.3L:

1. Disconnect the battery
2. Remove air cleaner outlet pipe (air intake pipe)
3. Drain the cooling system.
4. Remove the drive belt. (serpentine belt, I've never seen a water pump use the timing belt.)
5. Remove the three bolts and the water pump pulley.
6. Remove the three bolts that hold the water pump and remove the water pump.
7. Lubricate the water pump O ring with MERPOL.
8. Install by reversing these steps.
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Old 11-13-2010, 09:05 PM
Chris Chris is offline
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Default Re: Set me straight on Water Pump issue..

Wow. Dealer is trying to rape you. Its amazing that even still today they try to do this bs.

Anyway vasoline is better used for human use, I don't believe I'd buy vasoline to lube my vehicle, I think you'd be better of you do have to lube it, to use some grease, lucas makes some good grease, and there is cheap grease at your local wal mart.
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