Water leaking from side of engine 1998 Ford Escort 1.8 GTI
Hi. I have a big water leak coming down the underside of the engine near the cam belt. Is this water pump? Recently the car has been getting very hot but the water level in the resivour dosen't go down.
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Re: Water leaking from side of engine 1998 Ford Escort...
Not to scare you but it sounds like the head is cracked i had the same issue.but it can in deed be the water pump.as far as the water level maybe it hasent used what is already in the motor yet so it hasent called for more from the reserve tank.
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Sarah, you can rule out the A/C because the A/C wasn't running when the problem occurred. You can also rule out any fluids from the engine are transmission for they only leak on the ground not inside the vehicle. What you have is a water leak coming in from the rain. Here's a good way to find out where its coming from. Take your home garden hose and run water from the top of the vehicle down the windshield and watch under the dash board to see if you can see where it is coming from. NOTE: You may have to move the hose in different areas until the water comes into the vehicle. Once you find where the leak is then have the glass company repair the leak. Hope this helps and have an awesome day Sarah.
Is it water from outside leaking in, or engine coolant from a bad heater core? If it's antifreeze, you'll likely need a new heater core. Hopefully, your '98 wont need the dash removed to change heater cores like on a lot of older models-time-consuming tedious job.
Double check this by using a small container and catching some of what is dripping...If it is not green then it's your air conditioner condensation escaping as it's supposed to. If green then something important is leaking and you need to look further.
I am sure the leak is the water pump based on years of Escort work, The ZX2 is equipped with a 2.0L DOHC V-Tech engine. The water pump is on the front (rt side of car) of the engine block, visible with the hood up. NAPAautoparts replacement instructions are to loosen the belt drive pulley from the pump BEFORE removing the serpentine belt. Once the four bolts are loose, take the belt off (good time to replace?) remove bolts and old water pump (four more bolts)- it will be tight, but it comes out- clean gasket area and install new gasket and pump in reverse order. That includes putting the pulley on and hand tightening the bolts, put on the belt, finish tightening the bolts to the pulley.