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How much does a Water Pump Replacement cost?

On average, the cost for a Mercury Tracer Water Pump Replacement is $357 with $101 for parts and $256 for labor. Prices may vary depending on your location.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
1991 Mercury TracerL4-1.9LService typeWater Pump ReplacementEstimate$755.39Shop/Dealer Price$893.63 - $1247.57
1993 Mercury TracerL4-1.9LService typeWater Pump ReplacementEstimate$758.39Shop/Dealer Price$902.68 - $1261.17
1993 Mercury TracerL4-1.8LService typeWater Pump ReplacementEstimate$547.87Shop/Dealer Price$643.65 - $863.36
1996 Mercury TracerL4-1.9LService typeWater Pump ReplacementEstimate$701.39Shop/Dealer Price$839.61 - $1193.54
1999 Mercury TracerL4-2.0LService typeWater Pump ReplacementEstimate$927.89Shop/Dealer Price$1115.98 - $1608.00
1990 Mercury TracerL4-1.6LService typeWater Pump ReplacementEstimate$676.51Shop/Dealer Price$805.82 - $1128.39
1992 Mercury TracerL4-1.9LService typeWater Pump ReplacementEstimate$714.89Shop/Dealer Price$852.80 - $1206.50
1996 Mercury TracerL4-1.8LService typeWater Pump ReplacementEstimate$562.87Shop/Dealer Price$659.36 - $879.61
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What is a water pump and how does it work?

The water pump is a belt or chain-driven engine accessory bolted to the engine above the crankshaft pulley. The pump housing has an impeller that circulates engine coolant through the cooling system passageways in the engine block and cylinder head, on to the radiator, where the coolant temperature is reduced. . The lower temperature coolant then flows back to the water inlet on the engine and the water pump continues the cycle.

When to consider replacing the water pump:

  • Coolant leaks or overheating. The water pump impeller shaft is supported by a bearing. Eventually, the bearing or seal can wear and leak or damage the impeller. Many water pumps have weep holes near the pump bearing. If you see significant leakage from that weep hole, it is time to replace the pump.
  • Bearing roughness or noise. If the water pump shaft does not turn smoothly or the pump is noisy, the bearing is excessively worn. Pump replacement will be necessary.
  • Timing belt replacement. In engines where the water pump is driven by the timing belt, it is a good idea to replace the water pump at the same time the timing belt is replaced. The extensive work explains why it is always recommended to replace the water pump whenever the mechanic already has these components removed for regularly scheduled timing belt replacement.

How do mechanics replace the water pump?

  • The water pump is usually bolted to the front of the engine. The replacement procedure will vary depending on whether the pump is driven by the timing belt, the serpentine belt, or chain.
  • On a cold engine, the engine coolant is drained to a level below the water pump.
  • Components that require removing to access the water pump are removed, including the belt or chain that directly drive the pump.
  • The bolts holding the pump to the engine are removed and the pump is pulled out.
  • The gasket surface must be cleaned and the pump mounting surface inspected. A new gasket, rubber seal, or RTV sealant, as required, is installed and then the new pump. The bolts are torqued in sequence using a calibrated inch pound torque wrench.
  • For applications where the water pump is driven by the timing belt, the timing belt must be removed. Typically, this requires removal of the crankshaft pulley, timing belt covers, and timing belt tensioner. Once the new pump is installed, new coolant is added back while bleeding the cooling system of any air. The engine is then run and brought to normal operating temperature to check for leaks and ensure normal operating temperature.

Is it safe to drive with a water pump problem?

No. Should the water pump only leak a little bit, you can drive the car. However, a small leak could suddenly enlarge or the pump bearing might unexpectedly seize. Either circumstance would likely cause engine overheating. If a defective water pump causes the overheating, it is not safe to drive because of the damage to the engine.

When replacing the water pump keep in mind:

  • It is best to install a new cooling system thermostat when you install a new water pump, especially if the thermostat is old or original.
  • Completely flushing the cooling system is a good idea when you replace the water pump. Flushing can be done before or after pump replacement.
  • The rest of the cooling system should be inspected too — particularly rubber hoses, which have a limited lifetime.

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Mercury Tracer L4-2.0L - Oil Change - Tampa, Florida
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Cesar
9 years of experience
Mercury Tracer L4-1.9L - Starter - Snohomish, Washington
Cesar was timely and friendly,he helped to show me how to put in a starter relay, after he had installed a new starter...the car still did not turn over..which was costly on my part. Next time, when I have a car that won't start, is to have it towed to the automotive shop !!

Zachary

17 years of experience
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Zachary
17 years of experience
Mercury Tracer L4-1.9L - Brakes, Steering and Suspension System - Cape Coral, Florida
This was by far the best customer service experience that I have ever dealt with he was very professional very informative I actually ended up getting the wrong part for my car and he went the extra mile to search for the right part when he couldn't find the right part he had it ordered in and he even opened up his availability for me to work with my schedule and to have my car fixed before I make a road trip to make sure that my car is safe he even took it on a test drive and he gave me very good pointers on what else my car would need he was very very helpful I would refer him to anybody great job Zach your awsome keep up the great work

Isai

27 years of experience
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Isai
27 years of experience
Mercury Tracer L4-2.0L - Timing Belt - San Antonio, Texas
Isai was great. He was punctual and very polite. He fixed the problem and explained a few things about the car. I would for sure recommend him to a friend!

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