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Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by mcpcartier, June 27, 2018.

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  1. SuperGreg

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    Thanks for the info, really appreciate it. Nice job.
     
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  3. Maxud

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    Here are pictures of what the leak looked like when I got the car

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    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    No I did not. I don't own a Ford, and by the looks of it, not planning on any time soon.
    This thread came up when I was looking for details on performing water pump replacement, so this is just paying it back to the forum and for people who actually want to accomplish this themselves.
     
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    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Strange. Your profile and Signature show you have a 2016 Ford Explorer Sport.:dunno:

    Peter
     
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    Just to bring my story to conclusion. The job was finished. I spent a grant total of 25 hours to complete the task. I am sure second time around I would be quicker, but I doubt I will get to do this again.
    To add to list of essential tasks, after I installed the new waterpump, I temporarily reconnected coolant expansion tank and pressurized the system with coolant pressure tester. I let it sit for about 20mins at 15psi to make sure pressure did not drop. It was fine.
    I put a whole new gasket and seal set on it. Installed new solenoid and spark plug tube seals into each valve cover. Since cover is made of plastic, I used supporting metal cup and used a slightly smaller socket to knock old seals out. Worked fine, but I was really careful.
    Before putting valve covers on, I poured couple of quarts of oil while drain plug out. Make sure to get oil all over the new chains, this hopefully
    prevents guide wear on startup. I was shaking in my boots on startup, but everything was fine.
    No leaks and car runs like a top.
    I used Permatex Right stuff black RTV to glue timing cover back on.

    About a day later, the car threw P0420 and P0430. Owner claims he never had those codes before, but did get gas before the trip that threw the codes. I suggested he gets fuel treatment like techron. These codes have nothing to do with timing chain/water pump job.
    The car also just passed local CT emissions, so its good for 2 more years.

    Good luck to those who attempt this repair. Its definitely doable, but not for faint of heart.
     
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    Thanks for the tips and pics! Can you try to point out the weephole? I know its behind the alternator and I can see where everything is wet, I'm just looking to see where the hole is and where it would start.
     
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    I never removed alternator, so I never actually observed the weep hole in action. That said, look at the attached pics for the passage direction.
    I believe RobinsonAuto Ford Edge 3.5L videos showed the weep hole or maybe its my imagination.
    Either way, if you look at the pictures I posted before and you have coolant in the same area, you got a leaking water pump.

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    Found this picture, not sure if it will help you much, but it shows location of the weep hole. weep.png
     
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    Thanks for that! I'm going to take a look when I get home.
     
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    worked on 2016 EcoTech 3.5L turbo explorer, same engine design. I was under the car and could just barely made out the weep hole behind the alternator. The picture I posted is a very good reference.
     
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    Hi everyone,

    I'm new to the forums. My wife's 15 Explorer is loosing coolant from the weep hole. I'm probably going to start tearing down tomorrow. I was wondering if anyone has a how-to put together for this yet?

    Also, I've been searching around for HOURS trying to figure out if there's anything I should be swapping out while I'm in there. I see that the oil pump is in that area, but I really don't find any type of known-proclivity for oil pump failures in this vehicle.

    Thanks.
     
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    Hi Steve. Hope you caught it in time. I moved your thread to this this one that I found with the Forum's 'Search' feature. You may also want to check out; Water pump replacement parts list and/or How to: - 2013 Explorer 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 Water Pump and Timing Set Replacement

    Peter
     
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    jade97 / peterk9, thank you. After reading through more posts about the water pump and timing chain replacement, and looking through the involved procedure in the service manual, I decided to pay a mechanic to do this for me. (This is the same guy who rebuilt my Powerstroke; he's done really well for me in the past.)

    Not sure if this belongs in another thread or not, but should the VCT solenoids be replaced as preventative maintenance while we're in there? What about the cam shaft sprockets? At the moment, the vehicle has no issues (except for the massive coolant leak, obviously) and no codes. My wife complains every once in a while that the idle will change suddenly for no discernible reason, but I can't figure out if this is something that the vehicle is actually doing or if my wife is hearing ghosts.
     

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