My 1995 ford escort is leaking water mid engine, was told it was the water pump, it slowly drips, but when i have had the car out a while it suddenly leaks badly, i have to top up the water tank daily now! please help! thanks.
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On the 1.9L Ford Engine in the 1995 Escort, you have 2 water caps in the block, 1 square drain port below those that is sealed, but useful for draining the engine of all water/coolant. Then there is the water cap on the head, the head gasket and the water pump, which has a gasket as well.
Is there a water puttle under your car is there a sign of some sort on were the water is coming from. It could be a number of things, it could be a freeze out plug leaking it could be the water pump leaking. What you need to do is put some cardboard or something under the car when you shut it off. Then keep an eye on where the drip or water leak is coming from.
If you can see this water dripping from the lower crankshaft pulley, and you are filling water, then this water pump probably leaks from the weep hole, the weep hole is designed in all water pumps to tell you that the water seal has failed. The water pump is timing belt driven, to change it will require removal and installation of the timing belt, for a procedure of this, go to my profile page and look at my tips and tricks for timing belt replacement 1.9L. While the timing belt is removed, the water pump has two hose connections and four blots that hold it in place, the four bolts are the easy part, the two hose connections can be difficult. Make sure to use a gasket sealer when installing a new pump. Hope this helps, let me know.
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.
are you sure its the water pump?Its located and the passenger side mid lower on the belt.One thing them cars were noted for was blown head gaskets.If you don't see any possible leaking and you smell it look at the exhaust pipe while its getting hot and you'll see with smoke come out or a lot of moisture coming out of the exhaust or a lot of dripping.Also if your radiator fans are not working and it heats up more just idling or short drives that will make it over heat and coolant to flow out of the radiator cap or over flow.I hope these things help you in locating the problem.Have a great day...