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Old 04-15-2011, 01:16 PM
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Duralast waterpump

Is the autozones duralast wAter pump ok ? Called the dealer and they want $200 for one. I can't really swing tgat after dropping all that $$$ on the lift n new tires. I'm strapped

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$200 is excessive for the OE water pump, they are available for less than that. Better, just go onto RockAuto Auto Parts and get one of their better quality pumps which does not include the pure junk (my personal opinion) Cardone brand. Even AC-Delco's water pump which is a very good brand is only $64.79 there.

In my personal opinion, Autozone's (Kragen, Pep Boys, etc.) store brand is, despite its lifetime warranty, junk. Who cares if it has a lifetime warranty when it fails prematurely, especially on the trail. Their lifetime warranty is no indication of its quality, they just assume few will own their vehicles long enough after replacing the water pump to need another water pump so their warranty is really just a marketing ploy.

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Old 04-15-2011, 01:38 PM
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My big thing right now is time. I need my jeep fixed by Monday at 6 am to be at work. Id like to hav it done by saturday evening so i can take a nice relaxing drive sunday. So I don't have time to order online. Just wanted to make sure it was gonna work. I was reading that the one the offer at advance wasn't a correct fit. That why I was concerned about the auto zone one.
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The other thing was I think I read that some water pumps are different starting with 2000 Tjs mine is a 2004 sport 4.0 should I be concerned?
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There is a high flow beginning in I think 99. Check out stu-offroad.com for some pictures of it.

Moparonlineparts.com gives 31% off list so it's about 100 for a mopar water pump. Hesco has them as well, I think they may make the mopar one. Good site when you have time to order. I have one for our LJ coming in next week.
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My big thing right now is time. I need my jeep fixed by Monday at 6 am to be at work. Id like to hav it done by saturday evening so i can take a nice relaxing drive sunday. So I don't have time to order online. Just wanted to make sure it was gonna work. I was reading that the one the offer at advance wasn't a correct fit. That why I was concerned about the auto zone one.
If that's the case, call around to your various local auto parts stores to see what "better" or even OE-quality water pumps are available. Autozone might even carry a better quality than their Duralast store brand if you ask them. If you ask today, they can probably have it for you tomorrow if it has to come from one of their warehouses or another store.

I would not, however, install their Duralast (or any auto parts store's) store brand. No matter how tempting its cheap price and "lifetime" warranty might be.
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Auto zone caries a remanufactured pump for my 2.5l. As well as other brands. I just installed their Valucraft pump two weeks ago with no issues except for the bottom hose not clamping down tight enough with the factory clamps.It took two hours to do. II can highly recommend replacing the top and bottom hose and the extending tube for the heater core hoses coming off the pump. Time will tell of it's longevity.
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It's been about a year since I put an AZ water pump on my 2.5L engine. No problems so far. The original (at 113,000 miles) was not leaking and working fine when I bought it, but that's a lot of miles so I replaced it. Other than the car running a bit cooler on the temperature gauge the pump seems to work just like the factory one. There was nothing about the new one that seemed cheap to me compared to any other water pump I've installed, including the German ones (OEM) I've used on my Explorers.

My last AZ rebuilt alternator started to make bearing noises at 75,000 miles. The counter guy tested it at the store and it sounded fine and had output, I explained to the manager that it gets noisy only when hot and he authorized a new one. I've had rebuilt alternators go longer, and one from Checker in the 1970's last just 5000 miles, but 75,000 miles isn't bad.

I've been using their lifetime brake pads and shoes on three different vehicles, never with sub-par life.
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Lifetime pads are made extra hard so they don't wear out as quickly. The problem with extra-hard brake pads is that they don't brake as well as the normal softer pads that wear a bit faster
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That and said harder pads are rough on roters...

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