Coolant leaking top front of engine...water pump? on 1997 Ford Explorer

Im figuring this is the water pump leaking, as I smell coolant when I get out of my car, and its pooling coolant on what Im assuming is the water pump. I just bought this vehicle yesterday for a great bargain as this Explorer is in GREAT condition! How much approximately, does it cost to replace the water pump?

by in Coloma, MI on August 26, 2011
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ANSWER by on August 26, 2011
It is likely to be the water pump, but the way an automotive shop would locate the leak is by removing the radiator cap and attaching an adapter that screws on in place of the radiator cap. Something that looks like a bicycle pump with a pressure gauge attached to it is used to "pump up" pressure to simulate pressure generated when the cooling system is at operating temperature, the leak is then found sometimes it is obviously leaking from a coolant hose or cracked housing, failed gasket or water pump, sometimes the engines cooling system needs to be inspected from below or inspected using a mirror and flash light. If the coolant loss is still evasive dye can be added to the cooling system that may indicate the source of the leak. A mysterious coolant loss may even be a sign of a head gasket that is not sealing well. Labor to replace pump is about 2 o 2.5 hours a Ford pump and antifreeze would be just under $200, non Ford parts $150
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COMMENT by on August 28, 2011
Thanks, Ill take it to my mechanic on Monday.