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romore

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Posted: 10/27/19 11:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would like to know where I can buy a Cummins water pump for 60 bucks, I'll take all you have!! I went to Ford for a starter on my 97 Ranger, they sold me a reman as oem was no longer available which is common for older vehicles. A year later I am replacing it again, it was not an easy job and I was not happy.

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time2roll wrote:

Couple years ago alternator in my 2001 Ford gave up 1500 miles from home. Picked up a NEW one at O'Reilly's in Gillette WY with a lifetime warranty. Working fine so far. You can bet they will get it back if I have issues.


What exactly is a 'lifetime warranty' anyway. When it ***** out, it's exceeded it's life so the 'lifetime warranty' is no longer good.


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Posted: 10/27/19 11:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The warranty is good for MY life or the life of O'Reilly. Whatever comes first.


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Posted: 10/27/19 12:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

FYI on alternators

DO NOT jump start another vehicle (bad battery) while your (good battery) engine is running

The bad battery/starter will draw +hundreds of amps (inrush) from the highest voltage source...your good battery vehicle's alternator system

That will punch holes in your alternator's semiconductors (diodes and transistors), in both alternator and regulator. Most don't die instantly...just die slowly over time. Symptoms like unable to charge the battery fully, low & spike voltage and other electrical gremlins

Best to hook up both vehicles while they are not running. Then start the good battery vehicle and let it charge the bad battery for 10-15 or minutes. Turn off the good battery vehicle and leave both hooked up. Then start the bad battery vehicle. Remove the cables


NAPA used to be my to after all the local mom'n pop auto supply closed or bought up by national chains (then managed by pure bean counters...bottom line folks who did not manage their product). Read that NAPA changed hands about that time frame

Moog a ditto. Used to be my go to for front end components (HD). Read that they too were taken over by bean counter management (corporation)



Rant on...

This article sums up my bean counter rants in one page that used to take several...plus Angus MacKenize is one of my fav automotive editors. Written about 13 years ago, but continues to be spot on.

https://www.motortrend.com/news/the-big-picture-22/

Same can be said for most things in today's world...see it all the time when someone(s) start a business with GREAT product/services. Grows into local chain/franchise...get bought out by huge corporation, who plug in their management...most times pure bean counter/wall street types who only manage their bottom line and EPS


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Posted: 10/27/19 02:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

romore wrote:

I would like to know where I can buy a Cummins water pump for 60 bucks, I'll take all you have!! I went to Ford for a starter on my 97 Ranger, they sold me a reman as oem was no longer available which is common for older vehicles. A year later I am replacing it again, it was not an easy job and I was not happy.



This was years ago and they have actually gone down since then.

$49.95 Geno's Garage
Cummins water pump.

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yep stpped going to napa years ago. same junk as the others .and I think auto zone has gone down hill as well.

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time2roll wrote:

The warranty is good for MY life or the life of O'Reilly. Whatever comes first.


I always keep those life time warranties in the glove box. Never had to put one to use.

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Been there, done that with ‘life time warranties”....just begets lots of practice using their warranties...

For me, develop relationships with the managers and staff...they will tell if reman’s are coming back often and which ones do not

It is also risky at OEM parts counters...they are also run by corporate bean counters...cheapest at any cost (cheap as in both lower cost and quality)...this is also fueled by the purchasing public (us), who insist on the cheapest at any cost...

Another example as with severe duty fan clutches. NAPA stood behind there warranty, but after three, talked to the manager. He acknowledged and told the counter guy to get the TRW version. It’s been in my Sub over 10 years IIRC

In between the above cycles at NAPA, tried O’Riley’s and didn’t purchase after trying to convince the counter guy that there was a severe duty...he said kept saying there is only a HD version...

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long ago I gave up on most aftermarket parts, reman or new unless I knew the new part was exactly the same part as a new OEM part. Yes, OEM new parts are usually somewhat more expensive, but my experience is last WAY longer. Especially alternators and water pumps. At one time I did have a local guy that would rebuild GM alternators with better than OEM parts for about the same price as NAPA reman parts. Those I did go with and they were reliable. But alas, he is no longer around.


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Grit dog wrote:

Blofgren, I’m at about 170k clicks. Voltage regulators are cheap and fairly easy to replace. Seem like a common failure point in my recent interwebs searches dealing with this yesterday. Also seen a bunch of accounts of the vr spiking and killing other electrical systems.


Thanks for the info, I’ll check into it. I like to be proactive and take care of common issues before they become a PITA at the least convenient time. This is my first GM so still learning about them. One thing I’ve found is that these older GM suv’s seem to be pretty tough and are quite easy to work on! [emoticon]

You found a good one with that low mileage, though! [emoticon]


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