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How do you know if you need to replace your water pump?

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Old 08-04-2009, 08:30 PM
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Default How do you know if you need to replace your water pump?

I'm trying to decide on whether or not I should replace my stock water pump to a http://www.summitracing.com/parts/GMB-120-3041P/ water pump. I've got plans on doing some mods and I've noticed that my temp gets a little high when I'm idle for a while or with the truck off but accessory on. I'm uploading some pics of it now.







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Old 08-04-2009, 08:52 PM
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generally you don't replace a water pump unless its leaking, or you happen to be working in the neighborhood and the pump is more than 5 years old.

that pump makes a lot of claims. its pricey at $110 vs about $65 for a stock pump. if it actually did anything special, it would be worth it.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:08 PM
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generally you don't replace a water pump unless its leaking, or you happen to be working in the neighborhood and the pump is more than 5 years old.

that pump makes a lot of claims. its pricey at $110 vs about $65 for a stock pump. if it actually did anything special, it would be worth it.
What would you recommend for a pump to replace my 11 year old pump lol?
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:49 PM
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Any stock replacement will do. All they do is move around a specific amount of water through a limited channel, that will not change. If you are having heating issues at idle I would suggest either the bearings are starting to go on this pump, or your fan clutch is going bad. You may also want to look and see if your radiator is plugged up a little.
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Old 08-05-2009, 02:13 AM
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dont go with a pump that puts out more pressure than your stock one. the performance ones meant for racing usually put out more pressure because heavily modified engines twend to have alot of bypasses and extra hoses to push water through. for your truck all that extra water pressurew means is extra money, radiator problems, or even worse, water jacket problems. stock ones flow enough. maybe its not the pump causing the overheating
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Ok it's 11yrs old, Its off the truck, it looks tired, and your having some problems, Might as well get a new one.
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Stay stock . It's off , replace it ! Sounds more like a weak clutch fan , or restrictive airflow through the rad/condenser . Does it also increase in temp while cruising 60-80k on the hwy ?
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Temps are perfect while driving, it's only while idle for a little while and all it takes is a little gas to get it back to normal or drive it for a couple seconds.
Any pump recomendations?
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Stock will work just fine.
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You may have restricted air flow. Take a hose and blow some strong water through those rad veins and clear out all the bugs you probably got trapped in there. I do that to mine every so often, specially when I go on trips through wide open areas. It's amazing what great bug smashers these trucks can be. In the city it's not noticeable but out in the country the grill becomes a bug magnet. I even have birds eating them off the front end when I stop for gas.
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When I went to sc in my moms van a few yrs back the front end looked like some one painted it black. Its a red van!
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But are there any water pump manufacturers that you would recommend over another? Or should going to Kragen and getting one be fine for my application? Lol
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I went to Kragen (now Oreillys) and got the one with the lifetime warranty, same for the clutch fan. If it brakes, I get a new one free, what more can you ask for.
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To have someone else replace it when it goes bad, after the year it lasts
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To have someone else replace it when it goes bad, after the year it lasts
I like the sound of that better!
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To have someone else replace it when it goes bad, after the year it lasts
If you mean the pump from Kragen, it's actually lasted me about 4 years already, can't complain. If it goes bad I'll replace it myself like I did the first one. No big deal really. Their lifetime warranty stuff isn't all that bad. They don't want you to take it back cause they loose money that way. The bottom of the line stuff is a different story. That will probably last you a year.
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I'm not knockin' the quality of Kragen parts, It's the lifetime warranty thing I'm talking about. Most of us here can do the work ourselves, but what about the people that don't, and get the part for free but have to pay labor to do the job again? Not arguing, just sayin'.
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But are there any water pump manufacturers that you would recommend over another? Or should going to Kragen and getting one be fine for my application? Lol
Anything except the bottom of the line **** and anything from AutoZone. I got mine from Advance 4 years ago and it works great. Just dont use the gasket that comes with it. Mine started to leak a year after I put it on. Just get a good Fel-Pro gasket.
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^i'm going to disagree. Autozone's duralast brand is fine, it probably comes from the same plant in mexico as where the Advance line comes from. lifetime warranty. Also i don't think there is anything wrong with the gasket. i'd put a very light coat of rtv on both sides and go around the bolt holes and put rtv on the threads of the longer bolts that go into the water jacket.
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only parts from AZ I've had trouble with are all electrical, I'm done buying those from AZ, everything else is game on!
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