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Old 06-03-2012, 07:54 PM
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I've got a bit of a headstomper on my hands here lads.

I just bought a 96 1500 ram with the 5.2 V8 Magnum and the waterpump bearing is squealing. So i went online to see if i could find a pump that i could ship here to iceland without going through the spare part shops here at home (for they really smear heavily on the price) I'm still waiting to see how much it is from the local dealer and if it is in stock in the country (which surprisingly, is the case for many many parts for cars here).

Has anyone tried aftermarket pumps? are they less reliable then original ones? it would be a great help.
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I have used the brand news water pumps from auto zone with no problems.
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some aftermarket water pumps are every bit as good as the factory pump

even the rebuilts are good, they clean them up & replace the bearing & seal
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thank you guys, this was helpful, I've had some issues with AM parts so i wanted to ask first.
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Can't go wrong with OEM. Unless the price is way different
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I like rebuilds if they are done by a quality shop. You get a new OEM pump but spend less money.
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You sure it's the water pump? Been dealing with Mopar smallblocks over 40 years. I have yet to hear a squealing water pump.

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