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Old 07-13-2011, 07:44 AM   #1
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Water pump with metal blades

I am doing my maintenance schedule for my 2002 base tip. I bought a water pump with metal impeller from ebay for $ 105.00. The seller said it is made from Germany. Is it OK to use this instead of the original plastic impeller? Thank you.

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Old 07-13-2011, 10:22 AM   #2
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I personally would not put anything other than an OEM water pump in my car.
That eBay pump is probably made in China.
You get what you pay for.
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I am doing my maintenance schedule for my 2002 base tip. I bought a water pump with metal impeller from ebay for $ 105.00. The seller said it is made from Germany. Is it OK to use this instead of the original plastic impeller? Thank you.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:00 AM   #4
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The reason they are telling you this is twofold:

1. The main mode of failure of a water pump is bearing wear out. Cheaper bearings=more likely failure.
2. When the bearing does fail and the impeller blades contect the engine housing, on a plastic pump, only the pump is damaged. Metal blades will damage the actual engine block. $$$
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Metal blades are tougher than the crankcase.. So when you lose the bearing the block is toast and can't be repaired...

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