How to Replace the Water Pump on a Ford Taurus

The water pump is one of the more common mechanical components to fail on your car. Having a mechanic replace it can be a very expensive auto repair. However, this component is not that difficult to replace. You can easily do it yourself. This step-by-step guide will walk you through replacing your Ford Taurus water pump.



Gather Your Tools

The first thing that you need to do is to gather everything needed to complete the repair. For this repair, you will need the new water pump, a two-gallon bucket, engine coolant, socket set, torque wrench, gasket sealant, replacement O rings, and a half-inch flex handle.


Disconnect Battery

Before you begin, you want to disconnect the battery. To do this, you need to disconnect the negative battery cable. This is the black cable. Leave the red end attached.


Drain Coolant

Drain the engine coolant. Place the two-gallon bucket underneath the drain plug and then pull it to drain out the coolant.


Remove Water Pump Inlet Tube, Belt, and Heater Hose

Now you need to remove the items that are connected to the water pump. Start with the inlet tube. This should loosen easily and allow you to pull it off. To remove the belt, you will need the half-inch flex handle. Insert it into the tensioner and then loosen by turning clockwise. This will let you remove it from the pulley. Finally, disconnect the heater hose by loosening the clamp and removing.


Remove Water Pump

The water pump will be held in its mount by several bolts. Use your torque wrench and sockets to loosen and remove these. Once all of the bolts have been removed, you should be able to lift the pump out of the mount.


Install Water Pump Gasket

You want to make sure that you replace the pump gasket. Use a new gasket and cover in gasket sealant. Install the new gasket in the cylinder block connection.


Install New Water Pump

Take the new water pump and place it in the mount. You will need to tighten all of the bolts for it to be secure.


Reconnect Heater Hose and Belt

Reconnect the heater hose. It should slide on, and then tighten the clamp to hold it in place. Place the belt back on the pump pulley and then use the flex handle to tighten it.


Reconnect Pump Inlet and Pump Pulley

Change out the O ring on the pump inlet and then reconnect it to the water pump. After the inlet is connected, reconnect the pulley. You will need to tension the pulley belt. Make sure that it is not too tight. It should still be able to move freely.


Complete the Repair

Reconnect the negative battery cable to the battery. Once this is complete, you will need to refill your engine coolant. Make sure that you replaced the plug after you drained it earlier.

This is the procedure you will need to follow to replace a Ford Taurus water pump. This repair is not that difficult and can be completed in less than an hour. Performing this repair yourself will save you a large sum of money. You will still have to buy the parts, but you can find them fairly cheaply. You will also not have to pay a mechanic’s labor charge.