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c-bass 10-26-2020 12:51 PM


Originally Posted by Happy (Post 1193772)
My metal water pump impeller is as Crystal described.

Címon Swampy! Go with the flow! LoL...

That's not the way things go for "us" :D

But either way I'm not really worried about it.

I think the "composites" nowadays seem to be more durable than they were 20 years ago. New technology sometimes takes a few years to mature, and other times it takes a few years to realize we've made a horrible mistake. lol

c-bass 10-28-2020 12:21 PM

Since my water pump pulley is currently being held captive I was thinking that I might as well get myself a new water pump pulley and noticed there's an aluminum option.

Naturally the aluminum option isn't available local so that means a next week parts delivery.

A - Go with a new composite pulley
B - Get the aluminum pulley
C - Use the old one

What say you?

EODguy 10-28-2020 12:24 PM

Of you're going to drive her hard aluminum is the way to go IMO.[emoji106]

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Fifty150hs 10-28-2020 04:08 PM

Agree with EOD. If you're not, plastic is fine. I've got 256,000 miles on my plastic one and it is still in good condition. Of course, now I've probably jinxed myself.

c-bass 10-30-2020 01:49 PM

The URO water pump was on sale on Amazon so I picked one of those up. It was $7 more than the plastic aftermarket and it comes with a lifetime warranty.

c-bass 10-30-2020 02:06 PM

The rest of my brake parts order finally came in so I'll get started on the driver's side while we wait for the coolant parts.


We got some new front brake hoses as wel as the rear Left and Right brake hoses.

I bought a set of Centric semi-metallic rear pads but unfortunately the front pads have been out of stock for weeks so I settled on a front set of Raybestos. I normally like to keep my front and rear pads the same brand, but that's just OCD talking. I'm sure I'll manage.


I was pleasantly surprised to find the e-brake pads and hardware in much better condition than I'm used to dealing with, so a little bit of wire brush action around the hub and we're ready to reassemble.



The caliper bracket was looking like it's been at the bottom of the ocean so I cleaned it up with one of those 3m discs and a wire brush.


In case anyone forgot, here's a little before and after of the caliper "restoration"



MUCH better looking.

Slider pins have been cleaned and lubed. The new pads are in with a healthy amount of brake grease everywhere necessary and we're reassembled.


bmw540san 10-31-2020 09:21 AM

Damn, "bottom of the ocean" is understatement.
Great work!

Purplefade 10-31-2020 10:11 AM

Now that you have them cleaned up, you should grab some severe duty primer and some POR-15, color of your choice, and paint them with a few coats. Goes a looong way in future rust prevention. - And looks good too - [emoji106]

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TriX5 11-01-2020 12:47 PM

I said brave at the beginning and still feel that way, but you have shown a lot of patience, persistence and wherewithal in cleaning it up. Great job. Second on putting some paint on the calipers now that you came this far. :-) Congrats!

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