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buckshot721
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Future water pump failure

Post by buckshot721 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:43 pm

Well been reading about the water pump failures on this car. My wife drives the 2011 SEL (I only drive when it needs something) and it has a little over 45,000 on it. Bought it used so its almost paid for. Been thinking about an extended warranty for it. Would like to have just the Ford dealer working on it, so been looking at Fords warranty. Anybody have good or bad experience with it?


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Re: Future water pump failure

Post by Webmaster » Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:06 pm

Read the warranty fine print very carefully, it's written by lawyers. Most likely it will only cover very select components. In other words the water pump failing and grenading your engine may not be covered, but select components may be covered. You may be better off just proactively replacing the water pump and timing chain components at a certain interval instead of buying insurance, I mean warranty.
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Re: Future water pump failure

Post by GhostRider » Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:42 am

I dont need an extended warranty for Ford to maintain my vehicle. They just do because the "mom and pop shops" ripped me off. That said, 111K on my car and still going strong.
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Re: Future water pump failure

Post by Dougboffl » Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:33 am

buckshot721,

I'm interested to hear what you discover and decide about extended warranty.

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Re: Future water pump failure

Post by Webmaster » Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:15 pm

p.s. One theory is that you should be vigilant with your coolant changes. Many people don't change their coolant as required so if the coolant loses some of it's benefits over time and gets old it may accelerate a water pump failure. Just another thing to consider.
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Re: Future water pump failure

Post by Dougboffl » Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:05 pm

So I went to the Ford extended warranty site (no longer Ford-ESP now http://fordprotect.ford.com/)
It looks like the "PowertrainCARE" program would be lowest cost (cough) that covers the cursed water pump. For my 2016, w/11k miles on it, coverage out to year 2024/125k miles (furthest they go) and estimating only 12k miles per year the price is...

(are you sitting down?)

(ready)

Down payment of $287
And $107 per month.

(I told you to sit down)

So ~$1300/per year (or $9300 start to finish for the 7 years of coverage). At first I was shocked, then (although still shocked) I thought, "Well this is more than an offset for a single water pump repair". It covers most any engine issue with a few exclusions of course. And if you were to have a water pump eat your engine, well now it might almost make sense vs an $8k engine job. Now if you took that same monthly payment and stuck it in a nominal investment you would have, "Mo money" to spend on the repair - if it was needed or you would have a nice down payment on a new car. But I don't think anybody really ever does that, it just sounds good.

Just something to pass along.

(Also posted this on another thread here)

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Re: Future water pump failure

Post by buckshot721 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:41 pm

Yikes! I'm just gonna keep up on keeping the coolant changed out, maybe even sooner then the books says.

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