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Unread 08-22-2015, 10:49 PM   #1
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How long should a water pump last?

How long should a water pump last?
I am installing a new radiator and thermostat, my 2001 4.0 has 50,000.
Would you do a water pump or not?

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Unread 08-22-2015, 11:13 PM   #2
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I would only replace it with an OEM unit.
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Unread 08-22-2015, 11:22 PM   #3
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I would only replace it with an OEM unit.
Yes it would be OEM, but only 50,000 miles should I or not change it?
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Unread 08-22-2015, 11:46 PM   #4
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How long should a water pump last?
I am installing a new radiator and thermostat, my 2001 4.0 has 50,000.
Would you do a water pump or not?
I'd do it, just for peace of mind when doing the radiator. I've had a stock one still good at 150,000 miles.
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My gut wants to say lots of them last 100k+ from the factory. When my radiator gave out at about 120k miles I replaced my pump too even though it was working fine. Guessing it had some life in it still, just felt like replacing it, kinda like you are now. I don't think I would have replaced it with 50k on it though. This is with me having owned it it's whole life and knowing I never had any problems with it or the cooling system. Can't recall if you mentioned if jeep is new to you or not. Would think if you know its been working for any length of time it might be just fine.
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Unread 08-22-2015, 11:52 PM   #6
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It's all relative. Mine went out at @ 55,000 miles, which is sooner than the average. If you have the extra money, you might want to swap it out for peace of mind.
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My gut wants to say lots of them last 100k+ from the factory. When my radiator gave out at about 120k miles I replaced my pump too even though it was working fine. Guessing it had some life in it still, just felt like replacing it, kinda like you are now. I don't think I would have replaced it with 50k on it though. This is with me having owned it it's whole life and knowing I never had any problems with it or the cooling system. Can't recall if you mentioned if jeep is new to you or not. Would think if you know its been working for any length of time it might be just fine.
Its been working fine for 14 years. I know that's a lot of years but real low miles.
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Its been working fine for 14 years. I know that's a lot of years but real low miles. Thanks
Funny I forget how old mine is, when you say it like that makes me waiver and maybe think about replacing it. Another thing to consider is if the OEM pump will be available for a long time. I know that some of the OEM parts are no longer being made, no clue on how long they will continue making something like a factory water pump with older vehicles.
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Check for seepage at the weep hole and any slop in the water pump shaft. If it all looks good, I wouldn't R&R the water pump... IMO
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Water pumps vary enormously (even the same brand). Usually if you're alert, there is some clue (weepage, vapor or noise change) before it happens. Still, replacement is not too hard on these engines.
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How long should a water pump last?
I am installing a new radiator and thermostat, my 2001 4.0 has 50,000.
Would you do a water pump or not?
i replaced mine around 100k just because the radiator was being replaced and the front end was apart. the old unit was still in good shape with no problems. replaced it with an another OEM unit from wermopar.com
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Current jeep on its third water pump. OEM lasted approx. 75k miles and failed gradually with weeping from the drain hole. Second was a Napa replacement that lasted approx. 75k miles and failed without warning at speed on the highway.
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For what it's worth, my OEM unit lasted about 120k.
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Unread 08-23-2015, 07:30 AM   #14
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Thanks everybody, I will leave it for now.
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I agree. I've never had a water pump fail under 100,000 miles. Even the autozone water pump in my chevy truck has lasted 160,000 miles.
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