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Old 09-16-2012, 07:49 PM   #1
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'03 SVTF serpentine belt "spitting" (leak?) /w pics

So I've had a coolant leak recently and decided to change out my Thermostat Housing (pictured is the old one). The car had overheated a little bit, nothing major, temperature guage never made it all the way to the right, but today when I went to change out the housing, I noticed an odd brown line on the underside of the hood (also pictured), like its been "spitting" up from above the serpentine belt system.



So I finish changing the Thermostat housing out and put new coolant in the car. You can see where I spilled a little on the side there pouring it in. Start the car and check. No leaks that I can tell, but I am still feeling a little moisure in the air. Put my hand above the serpentine belt (where the arrows are in the picture), and I am feeling "spitting", not much but if I hold my hand there for a few minutes, my hand has little droplets on it.



Now its been raining the last couple of days, so it could have just been wet, or perhaps the coolant I put in leaked on the belt and was splashing back, but the line on the underside of the hood makes me wonder. Any thoughts?


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Old 09-16-2012, 08:43 PM   #2
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Went out for a test drive a little bit ago and checked. The only leak I can see is coming off the serpentine belt. Its like a small water fountain or sprinkler. You can see its spitting all over...I don't get it. Car doesn't seem to be overheating but I did see some smoke from the right headlight area. Where could I be leaking from?



Smoke off headlight area...
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:54 AM   #3
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I'm going to look at it again in the daylight, but either my coolant reservoir has a leak or perhaps my water pump is throwing up something. Its right in area. Definitely coolant too. Hope for the best, plan for the worst, but does anyone have an idea what a water pump cost these days?

How difficult is it to install?
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:01 PM   #4
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Small update. I still haven't been able to drive my car (major suckage). I was hoping I could pin-point the leak, but not as of yet. I took off the coolant reservoir and was hoping to find a leak on the bottom. Oddly enough, it does appear to have a crack in it, but I didn't see any leaks. Filled up the car and started it. No leaks.

...however,

When the car got warm, I started getting coolant going straight up again, off the accessory belt. I looked all over the coolant reservoir and didn't see any leaks. Sadly I can't find any leaks anywhere else either. Hoses appear fine. So is it safe to say its a water pump at this point?
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I'd bet on the water pump too. There is a little weep hole on them that starts leaking when they are on their way out. I also had a leak in coolant tank before but you could see the fluid where it would seep out. If you don't see anything it's probably not leaking. Check out Rockauto they have great prices on water pumps. Here is a how to for replacing the water pump HERE let me know how it turns out
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hit the wrong button lol
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Might want to consider this as well if sleepyboy's suggestion of water pump failure doesn't pan out. A much less likely cause though:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=259011
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I thought the timing cover had to be removed to get to the water pump on this engine? Or at least one bolt that holds it on.

Those coolant reservoir cracks can be tricky. It's ok, until it's warm, for example. It will get worse if that is it though. Another funky issue that could be causing this is a bad overflow cap. Bad caps don't hold pressure as they should- for whatever reason, and then pump the coolant out of the overflow.

It is most likely the water pump. At least you'll know if it is the freeze plug when you take the timing cover off. You might as well do a timing belt if you're due one since you'll have the cover off.
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In order to get the timing cover off you have to remove the water pump pulley. It's only four more bolts and the water pump comes off, this is why people recommend doing the water pump when doing a timing belt.
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Oh, ok, I misunderstood that, I thought one of the bolts was hidden by the timing cover. I haven't worked on one of those engines, so I'm just giving general knowledge.
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