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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-03-2005, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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water pump issue

i have a 96 t-bird 3.8 and i getting a loud sqeeking from under the the hood. i think it is possibly the water pump but not sure. the belt is 6 months old and just replaced alt. any help or suggestions will be welcome.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-04-2005, 05:38 AM
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Try taking the belt off and turn the pump by hand. If it doesn't turn super-smoothly or if you can pull it in and out then it is time to replace it.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-05-2005, 10:54 AM
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yeah and its a good idea to replace it while it's on its way out, because if it is indeed the waterpump making that noise, it may seize in a short time and you'll find yourself stranded on the side of a road with an overheated car

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-05-2005, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Well i checked the water pump and it appears ok .. No play in it when I take the belt off and spins pretty smooth. its possibly just a slipping belt but i just changed it. Also can anyone tell me how to read the auto tensioner?
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-05-2005, 10:31 PM
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if its truly a slipping belt, get some soap and run it across the back of the belt before re-installing.. it can help keep it quiet
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