The water pump is an essential engine component. It is a mechanically operated pump that circulates coolant through the engine to keep it from overheating. The 1.8-liter engine on the 1993 Ford Escort is no exception. If you’ve never tackled a task like this before, expect it to take you at least three hours. However, the experience you’ll gain and the money you’ll save make doing the job worthwhile.
Tools Used: Tools, Set of wrenches, Coolant drain pan, Pliers, Ratchet with sockets, Floor jack, 2 jack stands, Scraper tool, Shop rags, Water pump, Permatex No.2 or equivalent gasket sealer, New water pump gasket, Torque wrench, Inlet pipe gasket, Antifreeze/coolant
Replace the Water Pump
Bring the Escort to a stop. Turn off the engine and open the hood. Allow the engine to cool. Remove the negative battery cable by loosening the cable clamp from the battery terminal with a wrench. Move the cable to the side. Place a drain pan under the radiator. Open the coolant drain valve, located on the bottom of the radiator, by turning it counterclockwise with pliers. Allow coolant to drain into drain pan. Set the pan aside and close off the drain valve.
Remove the bolts that hold the timing belt covers in place using a ratchet. Remove the timing covers and then remove the timing belt. Roll a floor jack under the vehicle and raise the front end. Lower the vehicle onto jack stands to safely support it. Slide under the vehicle and remove the bolt that holds the oil dipstick tube in place using a wrench. This bolt holds a clamp connected to the water pump. Gently push this to the side.