I have a 2000 ford taurus,and its leaking anifreeze i notice that the water pump wasnt cutting on so i replaced it and my car is still leaking anifreeze. and of course its running hot. and also when i press on the gas when the car is running it a none stop leak, but when its ideing its a slow dripping leak. what could this be? maybe the freeze plug? i hope not !! please someone help me
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No!!!!...Yes!!! No, the sending unit is working right. Ideas? Yes, I think the problem is the water pump. Don't drive it overheated till you get a new water pump or have it inspected. You say it's a small leak where it bolts to block, but maybe it's the "weep hole" on bottom of pump leaking, meaning the internal seals on the pump have failed. If so, it won't be a small leak, it will leak all the time engine is running. A lot may be swept away by air, or by evaporating. Check it out. That's a likely cause of overheating.
You should replace the Water Pump. I recommend you pick up the Haynes Repair manual on your vehicle at the same Auto Parts store you pick up the part at. This will show you any short cuts that youo might take to replace the pump.
More than likely (and hopefully) it is the timing chain cover gasket. Common problem on Tauruses with the Vulcan V-6. Had the same problem. Replaced gasket and leak stopped. Not cheap if taken to a mechanic, but is doable if you have some experience and the equipment.
I just had that same problem with the antifreeze leaking and I thought it was my water pump but I pulled the antifreeze tank off and it was cracked all along the bottom and that was causing the antifreeze to leak out real bad so I went to a nearby junkyard and found a new tank and replaced the cracked one and now it works just fine with no leaks. I hope this works for you liked it worked for me.
I don't have the same coolant system that Ford has listed, my is different for my 2000 Ford Taurus SE 6cyl 3.0L. Where can we find the right part. I want to the junk yard 3 years ago and find one but the problem with that one is the top keep popping off. I have replaced the top three times and I am pissed because I love my car but I keep having to spend money on this system. H.E.L.P!!