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Date: Wed, 26 Nov 1997 23:09:53 GMT
From: artcrimenopsam108.244.36 (ArtCr|me)
Subject: Re: 87 900 water pump question

Hey thanks very much indeed for your help me being the chap who originnally posted. the only thing is the pumps are $190 here and the labour $100 does this seem fair ? in Australia btw thanks again On Fri, 21 Nov 1997 04:44:28 GMT, Ywan Mason <> wrote: >First let me begin with, MAN MY EMAIL IS SCREWED!! Why did it send the same >message so many times? Forgive me, it wasn't my fault that I know of. > >> Since you have to do all thet work just to get to the water pump (worst >> if you have A/C), why not spend the $37.00 and replace the whole thing? >> Joe > >If you are going to replace it with a $37 unit, you'd be just as well putting >the original back on. $37 water pumps are usually Japanese (GMB I think is the >brand) with a cheap metal impeller that either dissolves away in the coolant >or separates from the shaft if the bearing in them lasts that long. Then you >have a mysteriously overheating engine. Or one that suddenly, with no warning >throws the bearing and the belts. The factory pump is designed to begin to >weep coolant out its hole when bearing failure begins so you have warning. I >have seen many GMBs drop the bearing and never leak a drop or give noise >before hand. No way are they the equivalent of the factory pump which costs >only a little more ($88). I commonly see aftermarket pumps fail in less than a >year. Then you're right back there doing the same thing again if you are >lucky. Or a whole set of belts and possibly a crank sensor on newer models if >the bearing seizes and throws the belts around the crank pulley. If you are >unlucky, you are replacing a head gasket or engine at the same time. > >I agree with you though, that if you go that far, you should replace the pump, >I would. If you read the post in its entirety though, I gave what to check for >in a pump if just the gasket were leaking. Unless just installed by someone >who either used a high speed die grinder and removed too much aluminum from >the front cover or didn't properly clean the old gasket off (presuming the >pump was a factory unit with the supplied quality gasket), I have found over >the last 15 years that the gasket is never the problem. >Leaks from that area, if not originating from the weep hole, come from the >hose clamps loosening on the hoses to the rear of the pump. > >Ywan Mason (hoping this only goes out once!)

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