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2008 Ford Taurus X Eddie Bauer 4dr Wagon FWD

2008 Ford Taurus X
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door, Mid-Size Wagon
16 mpg city / 24 mpg hwy
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September 24, 2011, 3:01 pm

Roger A

Question: Coolant leak around water pump housing

My 2008 Taurus X has a small but constant coolant leak. I took it to the Ford dealer today and they were only able to find out that the housing where the water pump is has coolant all around it. The mechanic does not seem to think it's the water pump because he says that the oil should show contamination. It is not under warranty anymore and only extended warranty. If it's not the water pump (covered) I would need to pay about $400 to have it torn down and inspected plus whatever is bad (gaskets?).
Is there anything other than a faulty water pump that could cause a small but steady leak? I just don't want to have to pay close to $1000 (by the time they put it back together) to fix something other than the water pump (only the water pump would be covered by the extended warranty).

September 28, 2011, 9:32 pm

Richard W
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It looks to me that the water pump is the only thing on the front that could leak. The dealer should be able to put die in the coolant to pinpoint the leak.

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