I own a 1994 Ford Ranger XLT with the 3.0 V6 engine configuration. The water pump, to all appearances, is working fine. The problem is the annoyingly high pitched screech being emitted by the pump, possibly due to bearing damage. The noise lessens to some degree after about 10 miles on the road or when add anti-freeze to the reservoir. I replaced idle / tension pulleys and serpentine belt to eliminate these as possible culprits -the tension is correct on the belt and the power steering pulley is quiet.
Here's my dilemna: I need to locate the bolts on the bracket that secures the A/C and power steering pump. The bracket blocks access to two water pump bolts thereabouts between the 3 and 4 o'clock position facing the pump. I was able to remove the upper bolt facing the engine block and the two bolts located on the on the driver side opposite the fenderwell. To my understanding there are two (possibly three) bolts still pending removal.
1. Can anyone [please] specifically point out the placement of these bracket bolts.
2. Though I was expecting not to, will removing the radiator improve their visibility and accessability.
Taking the truck to the auto shop would be easier but is not an option due to financial difficulties. Truth is we've grown very fond of my old Ranger (me and the Mrs. refer to him as "Blue") on account of Blue helping put food on the table by hauling tools and carpentry equipment to side jobs I'm able to land.
I thank Earl43P and Shawn706 for their insight as well as Rick for welcoming me to this forum. Naturally, I'm new to this and with a bit of time will learn to properly navigate my way around and excercise the proper forum ettiquette.
Again, Thanks to all.