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Water pump bearing or center support bearing

Hey guys Im new here,
About 5 weeks ago I baught a 97 V6 5spd mustang . It was clean as could be and well maintainedand serviced every 3000 miles.It has 100,000 miles on it and being a collage student who lives in a dorm I put barley any miles on it.
and I don't beat on it or any thing like that.A cuple weeks ago it started making a intermitent sqweeking noise like a bad belt or water pump bering. My auto instuctor said it said the water pump was bad. The noise has went away in the last week but I buaght a new water pump and was going to replace it today in auto shop. When I got to class the instuctor said " I had a ford 3.8 with the same simptome com into the shop and it was not the wather pump. It was the center support bearing. So we had it running durring class but could not produce the noise so we could not diagnos it. I asked him what it would take to replace the center support bearing . He said I would be better off replacing the motor. Ok so how alarmed should I be? Is it just an intermitant noise that I should Just live with? or is the motor on its last legs
and could blow in the near fuiture? Also Im planning to drive it home for spring break in two which is about 400-450 miles one way. It made the trip here a month ago But with this problem I hope it makes it.

Any advice would be greatly appriciated Thanks

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If it were the bearing, it could only get worse and not better.

A slightly loose alternator belt will give a sound like a bearing just as a thought.

If you can't reproduce the sound and the belts are tight , I'd not worry about it.


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If your car's temperatur is starting to vary then more then likely its your spelling, I mean water pump.

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I did some research and found that the 96-98 v6 mustangs don't have the counter balance shaft. My teacher went on one of those computer scimatic program and printed diagram that says it does have the shaft. Since the water pump looks clean (along with the rest of the engine) he assumes that somone has approtched this problem before by replacing the water pump and that the problem is the counter balance shaft.
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I did some research and found that the 96-98 v6 mustangs don't have the counter balance shaft.
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Since the water pump looks clean (along with the rest of the engine) he assumes that somone has approtched this problem before by replacing the water pump and that the problem is the counter balance shaft.
Contradicting yourself here man. Take it to ford for an oil change and see if they can find the problem for you, or let them know and they might search and do a diagnostic for free.

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