i think it’s the water pump, i’m not sure because i’ve never messed with any of this stuff yet. still learning as i go. i’m confused at why the liquid is brown bc my coolant, and oil look good and are at good levels and have been that way for a very long time. idk what the liquid is or if i should worry about it
Hard for me to tell with the photo.
I would suggest a very deep cleaning with good degreaser, then maybe some other cleaner like Simple Green or such.
Lots of rag usage, even small soft brushes. Get it spotless. Then keep an eye on it.
Do not just clean that spot, clean the entire engine front to back, top to bottom, then consider doing it again.
Even a slight seep somewhere can travel and make it look bad.
Also clean the coolant lines.
just finished doing that, it’s still barely dripping that brown liquid from the bottom of the water pump, can’t see exactly where it’s coming from because it’s from behind the belt pulley. is the weird brown liquid oil and coolant mixing in the water pump just before leaking out? it’s confusing me because all my fluids look perfect but then this just looks odd
Look at the bottom of your pump and you should see a small plate with a hole in it about the diameter of a pencil lead. Is their moisture there after going for a drive? If so your pump is done. Sometimes the rust and other contamination in the system can turn it brown-ish, especially when other contamination is in the area.
A bad seal will take a bit to show up as a loss in fluid as it will be a slow leak to steam then liquid again..
Might consider wiggling the fan assembly and see if there is any shaft play, not a sure diagnostic step but good for information on the condition of the pump bearings.
i just wiped everything completely clean and started the truck and laid under there for a min with a flashlight watching and after a few minutes it started dripping out the bottom of the water pump and there is no residue of anything at all above it. has to be a bad pump. about how much money am i looking at to get it replaced?
Lots of choices on pumps. I would strongly recommend staying away from anything rebuilt. I replaced mine last year and did hoses at the same time. I went with a life time warranty new pump, I want to say Strictly Diesel but not sure as the paperwork is in the hangar.
Get a set of loaner tools to take off the fan and clutch, consider a new fan clutch if it has not been replaced before... Please also consider Motorcraft or a quality item. Remember you get what you pay for so make it hurt once.
The job should take you and a buddy if you choose to use one about four hours if you take your time. Use the OEM rubber O-ring style gasket and never any type of sealant. I want to say torque is 15 - 22 foot pounds on the bolts. May want to order new bolts as well, they are not all the same length so document where each came from. A new inlet and outlet tube as well a thermostat is a good call.
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