not a good idea to store a used water pump

not a good idea to store a used water pump

Postby markmitch [OP] » May 7th 2015, 11:54pm

I bought this brand new water pump and put a flow disk in it a few years ago, I had it on a 305 in a van for a while then on a 4.3 for a while total use time was less then a year then I stored it and used it on the 350 on my present Astro and took the intake off once due to a leak replace gaskets and put it back together, then I replaced the inlet tube on the intake that the top radiator hose
attaches too. Now its leaking again? SO I got under the van with a flashlight with the engine running and its freaking leaking from the tiny hole on the water pump. All that just to find out the water pump is bad? Anyway just remember used water pumps are probably not a good way to save money. Papa Mark
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Re: not a good idea to store a used water pump

Postby RECox286 » May 8th 2015, 1:30am

BTDT ! Experience learns us...some good, some bad.

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Re: not a good idea to store a used water pump

Postby icebrrg3rd » May 8th 2015, 3:35pm

Plus they aren't all that expensive either. I used the one that came on the 350, figuring it worked before, might as well keep on using it. Of course, my motor sat for over a year before I installed it, plus I pulled it off to get at all the seals & timing, sure enough, less than a year later it started leaking. I thought of throwing on the w/p from the Astro (had saved it) but somehow logic trumped over my cheap nature (odd) and I got a new one. Once I did that, I threw out BOTH old w/p so no temptation to reuse them.

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Re: not a good idea to store a used water pump

Postby FrugalAstro » May 8th 2015, 5:57pm

Kinda funny how different the lifespan of two identical mechanical things can vary so much.

The water pump on my 1987 Astro is the original one installed when the engine was built.
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Re: not a good idea to store a used water pump

Postby Astrofarian » May 9th 2015, 3:48pm

If you absolutely HAVE to "store" a used water pump, put it into a plastic pail that has a lid. Pour mixed coolant (NOT Dexcool)) into the pail until the w/p is submerged, then put the lid onto the pail. Works for me; I'm from Manitoba, Canada....the birthplace of Cheapskate DNA! LoL
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Re: not a good idea to store a used water pump

Postby icebrrg3rd » May 11th 2015, 8:25pm

So that way you can save both the w/p AND the coolant. Way to go Astrofarian! :thumbup:

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Re: not a good idea to store a used water pump

Postby Astrofarian » May 13th 2015, 10:56pm

icebrrg3rd wrote:So that way you can save both the w/p AND the coolant. Way to go Astrofarian! :thumbup:

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