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I have a 1994 1.9L Escort that needs a water pump, it is dripping from behind the timing cover. I have a Haynes manual for the car and in a nutshell it says to do the following:

drain coolant
jack up engine and remove right front motor mount
remove drive belt
remove timing cover
make sure timing marks are lined up
remove timing belt
remove water pump

Had anyone done this job before? Do you have any tips, advice, do you really need to jack up engine and remove a motor mount? I have never done this before and want to do it safely and do it right without cutting corners. A lifetime warranty brand new pump from Autozone is $50. I could get a reman cheaper but would rather buy new.
 

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Lots of us have done that job before; the link zzyzzx gave you has the info. I did it to both of my Escorts, as part of changing the timing belt. I also replaced the tensioner for the timing belt, and also changed the tensioner and idler pulleys for the serpentine belt, along with a new serpentine belt. I replaced that bottom radiator hose, since its only feasible to change it with the serpentine belt and the serpentine tensioner out of the way.
Good Luck. Its not too hard to to. I like to have the front of the car up on a pair of ramps - just so I didnt have to learn over so far. Im old enough to have back problems from leaning too far too long.
Make sure the belt you get has the same shape nibs as the teeth on the cam and water pump pulleys. Mine were both the rounded teeth, but I understand there are some cars with squared teeth on the pulleys and water pump - so would require a belt with squared teeth.
 

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I also replaced the tensioner for the timing belt
This is very important! It should come with a new pump (even if it wasn't part of the old pump, that's OK, you can mix and match).
 

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Thank you everyone. I have the car jacked up and on stands. I have changed the oil in it and will now start on the water pump. I have my Haynes manual and the link you sent me so I will give it a go. I like the little car it does well for me. It is free and paid for so what more can I ask? :) I will be back with progress reports and maybe more help. :)
 

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I have changed the oil in the car, I have the drive belt off of the engine. I also have the ywo nuts that hold the timing cover removed. Now I am left with a loose timing cover that will not come off so this must be the point where I remove the large crankshaft pully from the bottom of the engine. Do I need to jack the engine up for this? My Haynes manual says that you may or may not have to do this, so it is somewhat generic. So far it is not a hard job but I have not been behind the timing cover yet. LOL
 

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Make sure you get the right pulley on the new pump.

Some are square tooth and some are round tooth. Get the wrong one and your timing belt will be gone in no time.

Been there........... :eek:
 

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It Is Finished

Hello everyone. I finally got the water pump and timing belt all done. I waited for my cousin who is a fleet tech. I only have a small tool set, where as he has $50K worth of Snap-On tools. Useing the right tools makes the job a breeze. I had a battery powered impact for the crank pully and all sorts of comfy tools to use. So all in all I ended up installing new spark plugs, wires, fuel filter, breather filter, air filter, and oil change. I think the car is good to go now. I will test it tomorrow and make sure that all is well. Thanks for the help. The diagram was very helpful.
 

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Also, if you haven't done so already, its highly recommend you replace your timing belt since your already in there, give you more life on the belt itself, and there fairly cheap to replace.
 

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The timing belt was replaced as well. It was $23 from AutoZone. The car is good to go. It is a good little car and it is cheap to run. Thanks for the help.
 
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