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1996 F150 Water pump replacement #4511519
09/09/17 11:30 AM
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While changing the oil in my 1996 Ford F150 I noticed coolant dripping off the frame. This is a 302 V8 with 133,000 miles. I bought the truck used and I believe the water pump was changed in 2014 at 110,000 miles. (According to the Carfax I received)

The leak is NOT coming from the weep hole. It appears to be from the gasket itself. Researching this particular job indicates a problem with the bolts seizing into the timing chain cover and breaking when removal is attempted. The leak may be coming from the timing chain cover.

I just took another look, and I am 90% sure the timing chain cover is the source of the leak. This appears to be a Big Job.

Does anyone have any pointers?


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Re: 1996 F150 Water pump replacement [Re: terry274] #4511534
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Don't break the bolts. Some are obsolete and the ones still available cost more than the truck is worth. Dorman does make some of them.


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Re: 1996 F150 Water pump replacement [Re: terry274] #4511535
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You will need a pulley puller to get the balancer off. The timing cover is likely corroded and will need to be replaced.


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Re: 1996 F150 Water pump replacement [Re: terry274] #4511538
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Consult the factory service manual for the procedures. Don't try to go in blind.

Re: 1996 F150 Water pump replacement [Re: terry274] #4511572
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I did it on my 1996 Explorer 5.0 engine, the harmonic balancer needed to come off.


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Re: 1996 F150 Water pump replacement [Re: terry274] #4511609
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Ok, I've been reading up on this and I am getting ready to tackle the job. I just placed an order with RockAuto:




I am hoping to be able to reuse the timing cover.
I still need to line up a harmonic balance puller.


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Re: 1996 F150 Water pump replacement [Re: terry274] #4511621
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Originally Posted By: terry274
Ok,
I still need to line up a harmonic balance puller.
mine came from harbor freight 20+ yrs ago.


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Re: 1996 F150 Water pump replacement [Re: terry274] #4511638
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You may want to replace the balancer while its off,rubber around the steel can slip, should be 50 ounce imbalance.May also do a timing chain while in there.

Re: 1996 F150 Water pump replacement [Re: 9050lx] #4511675
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Originally Posted By: 9050lx
You may want to replace the balancer while its off,rubber around the steel can slip, should be 50 ounce imbalance.May also do a timing chain while in there.
I'll give you the balancer, but the chain should be fine. grin2


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Re: 1996 F150 Water pump replacement [Re: terry274] #4511684
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I don't know why anyone would want to work on a car without the service information; makes no sense to me.

Re: 1996 F150 Water pump replacement [Re: Merkava_4] #4511691
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
I don't know why anyone would want to work on a car without the service information; makes no sense to me.


I do indeed have the factory manual on CD. I was just asking for pointers as to what to watch for or common problems not covered in the manual. Such as broken water pump bolts.
I am considering changing the timing chain set, but I plan on waiting until I have it apart to inspect the old chain.


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Re: 1996 F150 Water pump replacement [Re: 9050lx] #4511694
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Originally Posted By: 9050lx
You may want to replace the balancer while its off,rubber around the steel can slip, should be 50 ounce imbalance.May also do a timing chain while in there.


The harmonic balancer is over $200 at RockAuto. It's not getting replaced if I can keep from damaging the original one.


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2012 Honda Accord
2009 Ford Taurus
Re: 1996 F150 Water pump replacement [Re: terry274] #4511701
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Use an air wrench or small impact to remove the bolts. Typically the quick shock will break the corrosion free without snapping the heads off... ask me how I know frown

The $200 is more than 50% of the way for a high-quality balancer; the factory rubber ringed ones are junk when they were new. Make sure you get a double roller timing set and it should be the last time you need to open the front of the engine.

Re: 1996 F150 Water pump replacement [Re: terry274] #4511702
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Originally Posted By: terry274
I do indeed have the factory manual on CD.


I wish you would've said that in the first place. I get anxiety attacks whenever someone starts asking for information without having a service manual.

Re: 1996 F150 Water pump replacement [Re: Merkava_4] #4511705
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4

I wish you would've said that in the first place. I get anxiety attacks whenever someone starts asking for information without having a service manual.


Sorry blush


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