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post #1 of 11 Old 03-27-2013, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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99.5 7.3 leaking coolant

I just noticed today a puddle under my truck.

I put a bowl down to catch it because I had driven through some water and thought it may have been just water dripping.

After further investigation I determined that it is coolant.

I looked around, felt around, and smelled as best I could.
The moisture is just above the oil pan and isn't gushing. Any ideas as to what it could be?

I've done some research and it may seem to be a water pump?


Any further input would be wonderful!

Anyone ever replace a water pump?, and was it doable in a day?

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Anyone? I would like to get a second or third opinion.

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It could be the water pump. Check to see if there is play in the water pump pulley. If there is and the bearing is bad it will start leaking coolant. Yes it can be changed in a day. Getting a fan clutch wrench will make the job easier.
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Atleast some things were "useful" from this guy...


Watch/note, all 8-8 vids. I went the Air chisel route, worked great. Other than that, order up an AIRTEX pump from RockAuto for 85 buks, and go at it. Have a new 195* thermostat to..(motorcraft), while ur at it, plus, i recommend a billett t-stat housing, because you'll see with the oem one, its just stamped metal.

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Thanks for the info. That powerstroke help guy is fun to watch. I will be attempting this on Saturday.

I am sad to say this but the last time changes my oil I had noticed that my coolant was low but didn't pay much mind to it. This has been leaking for some time now so I do not think its the bearing but only the seal. Any quick fixes or should I just replace anyways?

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How many miles on it? I'd say just replace it. Quick fixes tend to turn into a pain in the arse when you least want it to.


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Anyone have a site with a inexpensive OEM replacement.

I have not gotten a chance to change this yet. It a super slow leak.

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rockauto...Airtex $85std.

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Is there play in the water pump. The other place you can see it leak is the oil cooler, it's just a couple oring that seal the oil from the coolant in that


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How would I check for that?

It's leaking some, but the level in my reserve tank doesn't go down.

I used some Bars Leak.

I think that may have been a waste.

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