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Coolant leak, water pump?

Discussion in '1st Gen 1981-1990 CVH' started by Jeremy77, Aug 23, 2019.

  1. Jeremy77

    Jeremy77 New Member

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    I have a coolant leak. It leaks out nearly as quickly as I put it in, with the engine off. It appears the water is coming from behind the ac compressor. Would this be the water pump?
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    This is on a 1st gen. 1990 1.9l Pony.
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    I wouldn’t think a water pump would leak that bad


    Sounds more like a hose going to water pump


    @FordMan59 any ideas?
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    I will try and look at that tomorrow. Does the hose go into the water pump in the area around where the compressor sits.? The pump is behind the timing belt cover correct? Sorry, I'm not much of an Escort guru. It's my daughter's school car.
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    I don't recall exactly where the a/c compressor sits without looking under the hood, but I've never had a water pump leak that bad without the engine running. I would also guess that it's likely a bad hose. The top radiator hose goes to the thermostat housing. I remember the bottom radiator hose has three connections on it one going to the bottom of the radiator and neither of the other two go directly into the water pump but it's been so long since I've changed one I don't remember exactly where they connect. The water pump is behind the timing cover and the cover can be removed by removing the two nuts off the studs that come through the front of it pulling it out enough to clear the studs and lifting up on the cover. I also remember there being a metal tube somewhere in the cooling system or heater coolant routing that had a permanent crimped hose on it. I don't remember exactly where it is but it too could have rusted through. When I changed the hoses on my Pony I cut the tube right behind the crimp on the hose and slid a new hose over the metal tube.
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