2006 Escape XLT SPORT 4WD Engine Replacement

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2006 Escape XLT SPORT 4WD Engine Replacement

Postby nckzizzo - December 14th, 2016, 9:56 am

Hey All! First time posting in a while since my '06 E has had a blown tranny and then a blown motor in a matter of 15 months :( I'm looking to completely replace my engine but soon after researching I found that there is 2 types of 3.0L V6 engine for my year. On "Car-part.com" it says that there is 2 variants (water pump driven by exhaust camshaft OR water pump driven by intake camshaft), It's says on both selection that the 8th digit should be a 1. How am I supposed to tell the difference?? I'm stumped and was wondering if anyone replaced this same engine before? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Re: 2006 Escape XLT SPORT 4WD Engine Replacement

Postby 14theRoad - December 15th, 2016, 3:30 pm

Second post in the thread here shows pictures of how one vs the other looks.

http://www.escape-city.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=104

You may or may not have a tensioner on your Water Pump. The tensioner doesn't matter as it's recommended to remove it if/when you service the water pump and retrofit your water pump with an updated stretch belt configuration.
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Re: 2006 Escape XLT SPORT 4WD Engine Replacement

Postby nckzizzo - January 11th, 2017, 12:24 pm

Hey All! just wanted to update this as I have figured out my own issue! It turns out that after Jan 30, 2006 Ford decided to switch the water pump configuration. Pre 1/30/06 the water pump is driven off the intake camshaft and post 1/30/06 the water pump is driven off the exhaust camshaft. Both of these motors ARE interchangeable with one another.
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