Ford 7.3 Ltr Diesel Owners Be Prepared
The waterpump on my E-350 7.3 liter diesel is failing. These tend to fail around 80k miles it seems. The cost of a new waterpump at Napa and other parts stores runs nearly twice what the same part costs on the net (with shipping). Since lots of folks (like me) can't wait 10-14 days for a waterpump, the parts stores have you by the short hairs. If your 7.3 is approaching 80k miles, might plan ahead and save $100 (half a tank of fuel) and order from the likes of Northern Parts or whoever.
Now, of the 4-5 local parts stores I called for a water pump, all had them in stock (new, I'd recomend you never buy reman'd). Here's the rub: None had the serp belt or any of the coolant hoses (did not check with the local Ford dealer on hoses as their parts prices are so outragous). So, I have to order hoses and the serp belt off the net. Not much point changing out a waterpump and leaving the same old tired hoses and belt in place, plus easier to do it at the same time. So, again, I'd rec you plan ahead. Also, its probably a good idea to keep your old belt (perhaps even hoses if in reasonable shape) stowed in you SMB somewhere in case you have a failure. I'll clean mine leftovers, place in a sealed bag, and stow in the rear bumper compartment. Better than waiting in desert-god-knows-where for a couple of days waiting on a belt. I was very suprised no one had the belt in stock as the 7.3 is a common powerplant. Hoses, sure, I can understand that, but the belt? You poor saps that live in the big city will likely have different results, but when you travel to the boondocks (where I live) in your SMB, it becomes a different story. So plan accordingly. Happy trails.
Just FYI in case you are wondering. The water pump from Napa is sitting in its box. Since waiting on a belts, hoses and a thermostat, decided to order a water pump from Northern Auto Parts (they also have an EBay store). The Airtex water pump from Northern is the same one Napa sells (Napa confirmed this). At Napa, its nearly $200. Through Northern, its a little over $100 with shipping (once you combine some other items, the price difference becomes even more noticable). Since my present WP is leaking some, but not pouring (or making any noise...as best as I can tell over the diesel noise), I'm going to risk the wait. If it takes a turn for the worse before I get the pump via UPS, then I'll use the Napa one. No big trips until May, so I've got some time.
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