My local garage mechanic said that the growling sound coming from the
rt front of my 96 Sable S/W 3.0 V6 is the water pump bearing starting
to fail. He said that eventually water will begin leaking from the
pump. He said the part is cheap, but the whole front of the motor has
to be disassembled just to get to it. Is this correct? Is this the
type of job a backyard mechanic like me can do? Special tools required
etc etc ????
Growling noise... probably water pump. Not sure if this engine has a
belt or chain, I know my 3.0 Duratec has a chain, so maybe yours does
too. Not sure if when the pump totally goes if it can muck up your
chains, etc. if it seizes. You wouldn't want that to happen. A belt
is cheap and not hard to replace on a small motor, I know I've done it
before, but chains... think about it. Could screw other stuff up you
don't want to fix. Yes, the whole front of the motor parts would have
to be removed and put back in good order just to fix the pump. Easy on
a 4 banger, tough on a V6.
Get a haynes or chilton manual and read up on the procedure, then
decide if you're up to it. Good luck.
Sorry, John. The fake email address is to foil the spam email
harvesters. If you'd still like to help me, my email address is:
Remove the NOSPAM and that's my address. Even if you don't reply, I
still am grateful that you read my need and was willing to respond.
How savvy a backyard mechanic are you? Also, how cheap, er, frugal are you?
I'm the guy who will tear something apart and do it myself if it will save
me a few bucks. A $19 vacuum line and $200 labor cured me of that real
If you've done a water pump on a North-South engine before, I'd say don't be
afraid to tackle this job. Just count on it taking some extra time.
FWIW, if you ever need to replace a speed sensor on a 3.0 Vulcan
Taurus/Sable, let me know.
The speed sensor on this same car went bad about a month ago 200 miles
from home. I watched my son replace it in his garage. He had to drop
the engine cradle about 6 inches and pull the upper wheel suspension
free and then snake his hands in to get at the nuts holding the thing
in, but he got it!
I own a 70 Duster 340 and it's a pleasure working on everything. It's
right there in front of you.
I guess I'll tackle the job. The alternative is to junk the car and I
have too much into the car to do that ($2500 in suspension and brake
rebuild just 3 months ago). It's a station wagon and I use the extra
space all the time. The motor is fairly new too.
I've got lots of time today. If it doesn't work out... hey... all it
cost me is the price of the water pump.
Well, I done did it. Turned out to not be as difficult as I thought.
BTW mine was a V6 Vulcan motor. Took me 6 hours at a slow pace. FYI
for any who will want to do this too, some tips:
After you remove the belt and disconnect the battery, it's easier if
1. remove the alternator - just one big bolt and 3 small ones.
2. remove the tensioner and pulley from the block - 2 big bolts
3. IMPORTANT - remove the pulley from the water pump first (4 bolts)
or else you will not be able to turn out all the bolts that hold the
pump to the block. Be careful, it's potmetal and can crack easily.
4. There are numerous bolts (small 8 mm and larger 13 mm) bolts that
hold the pump to the block. Find them ALL before you try prying off
Cost me $49. Garage cost was $255 + any antifreeze they would need to
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