1998 Mercury Sable Q&A

1998 Mercury Sable Question: pinging sound coming from the pulley mounted to water pump.

Is this a tensioner pulley or just part of the water pump and can I just replace pulley or do I need a pump? Can a bad surpentine belt cause the noise. The more RPMS. the louder and faster it gets.How long will pump last if it is bearings going out in pump? -
Answer 1
sounds like the water pump bearing is going out. water pump may need replacing -
Comment 1
THANKS GREGS AUTO, I WAS THINKING THAT,, JUST NEEDED SECOND OPINION SO NOW I CAN GET BUSY AND DO IT. Its got 260,000 miles on what I know is the original pump and pully.Still runs strong though :AGAIN THANKS KINDLY FOR ALL YOUR HELP WITH SEVERAL OF MY POSTS:: RYEDOC. PRINCETON MN. One more question, If replacing pump should I replace serpintine belt @ same time? -
Comment 2
If u think u will have to do it soon.also thermostat and also use dealer parts only on the water pump and thermostat -
Answer 2
the bearing on your water pump is bad. something on the pulley system is going bad try to make sure its the water pump and replace.parts of water pump -