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mvendl
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From: Lowell, IN, USA
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 07-15-2003 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mvendl   Click Here to Email mvendl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I decided to replace my water pump yesterday. What a pain in the ass!!
I started by replacing the thermostat... which btw is a pain in the ass on the lower bolt near the a/c unit... cant get a socket on it so ya gotta use a wrench. grr. In any case, my father-in-law had run water in the car and the water pump has lots of corrosion and aint runnin right.

My problem is the pain in the ass setup. You gotta take the bracket off first and then the studs... grrr.. I love my mustangs and fords in general but they coulda done this better. Talk about bad designs.

Thanks for listening to my ranting... gotta vent somewhere and the wife just dont get it.

thanks,

--mark

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 07-20-2003 04:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I feel your pain!

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mvendl
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posted 07-21-2003 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mvendl   Click Here to Email mvendl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was slightly wrong on the thermostat replacement... It's not the water pump that's in the way like I originally thought, but the timing chain cover. It's a small piece of metal that is part of the casting but blocks easy access to the thermostat housing lower bolt. Heh heh, take a look at your 5.0's... am I crazy, but can this piece be ground off? It doesnt look like it performs any useful function except to block my access to the bolt.

thanks,

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mvendl
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posted 08-12-2003 02:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mvendl   Click Here to Email mvendl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
*sigh* That's all I can say at this point. I'm probably more frustrated at this point with this can than I ever have been. I put on the new thermostat and replaced the water pump, it's not leaking, but it's still overheating... or rather, was still overheating. It finally overheated _too_ much.

My wife took it for a test spin after I got the new pump and thermostat on it and it was still getting too warm. She parked it in the driveway and let it idle to see if it would cool down at all. Well, it didnt. It did however blow the lower radiator hose off the water pump though.

Any good suggestions here? I did tighten the hose on good, so I'm hot sure why it would have done that. I'm going to get a new hose as the old one isnt in good shape at the moment.

In any case, any good suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I think I just need to get a good cool day out and take it and have it thoroughly flushed. *shrug*

tia.

--mark

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'72 Mustang Convertible
'90 Mustang LX 5.0 Convertible
'85 F150 XLT 302
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I65Stang
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posted 08-12-2003 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for I65Stang   Click Here to Email I65Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did the thermostat ever open up (top hose hot and hard)? I always boil my replacement thermostats to make sure they are ok before putting them in. Also did you burp the system? Check the water pump to make sure there isnt oil/coating where the lower hose goes on. If you sealed/painted it, sand all that off, when it gets hot your hose will just slip off it (lol, dont ask me how I know, fully detailed booger green engine and compartment vs a painted thermostat housing).

Tim

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