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    Working on my first duratec 3.5 water pump. 11 1/2 hours in and just pulled the pump. Not a terrible job, but time consuming. I think Iím gonna pick up a couple more and see about the flip.






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    Those pump vanes have seen better days.

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    Yeah. Iím hoping I got lucky. Pulled a few cam caps to look for water in oil damage but they all look good. I heard all the water drain out of the heater core and instanly figured the motor was toast. Only about half a gallon of water came out of the pan, so Iím gonna gamble on it. Water pump was $160, and Iím gonna gamble on the timing stuff, since the chain looks to be newer (the timing marks painted on the chain all look new, and the guides have very very little wear). Iíll have it back together and running in the next week or 2. Iíve been working on it about 2 hours a night to keep from getting too frustrated, and been taking weekends off with it as well. So far so good. The timing cover had me pretty pissed the night it came out, that was quite the battle. This is a MKZ, so itís really tight in there. Most in car jobs on YouTube are in ford flexís and they seem to have quite a bit more room.


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    I found out a pretty good way to battle these things last night. If I woulda realized it in the beginning of the job, I think Iíd be about 6 hours faster on it. Either way, it should be running again Saturday and Iím planning on putting a hundred miles or so on it then doing a engine flush. Iím glad I took the job on and have been taking my sweet ole time doing it, and now I feel like I got a good handle on the entire job. Iíll probably go cruise tele with it, big boy was hopping last Saturday around 9pm. Had a line waiting to get into the parking lot. Hereís a picture of fresh silicone and the cover back in place. If anyone needs to do one of these things, I have a few tips now and can help out.


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    Is that a plastic impeller?

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    Whats the mileage on the car?

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    How did the chains/tensioners look?

    I had to replace chains/tensioners/guides on my 2013 3.5EB around 60k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 93 saturn sl2 View Post
    Is that a plastic impeller?
    Yes theyíre plastic and with good reason too. Kept it from eating into the block.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ajg87 View Post
    Whats the mileage on the car?
    Failed at 166,038. I have 1,000 miles on it now since i got it running again. No issues what so ever. Very happy I did it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mustangmike6996 View Post
    How did the chains/tensioners look?

    I had to replace chains/tensioners/guides on my 2013 3.5EB around 60k.
    I replaced the tensioner with a cloyes, and Iím really happy at start up not hearing chain slap anymore, the stock one was either worn out, or just didnít hold tension as well as the cloyes in my opinion. My guides just had very very slight wear, you could look at them and see Markís from the chain riding, but no real grooves to speak of, so I elected to try it out and use them. No noise, and runs like a top now. I have 1,000 miles and 2 oil changes in it now since restart.


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