Hello group, first post (sorry no time for an intro but I will asap)
I have a 2000 F350 with the 7.3. About a week ago, while moving, the water-pump failed and my serpentine belt shredded. I was able to limp to the new house and park it without damaging the radiator.
I am new to the area, live in the country and do not know anyone who can take me on a parts run. This is the only truck I have. Most of my tools (the good ones) are at my old house - only having a $20 Walmart socket kit and a hammer..
I had a spare belt and was able to overnight in a new pump, thermostat, housing and gaskets from Dieselsite. I went ahead today and started the tear-down. Surprisingly, I was able to get the fan off with a hammer and piece of re-bar and was in the process of taking the 10mil bolts off the pulley when my 1/2in - 1/4 reducer literally broke off in the 10 mil socket! Damnedest thing I have ever seen.
So here I am, drained system, fan and shroud removed and 15 miles away from nearest parts store. All over a $2 reducer.
Question. Can I hook all my pipes back up, refill the system with water and run to and from town without the fan? The shaft/bearing in the water-pump are bad, so it if I put the fan back on it may damage the radiator and shred another belt.
It is about 60 degs and sunny ATM..
Thank you for any advise!!!