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Info: Electric auxiliary coolant pump: when does it fail and how much does it cost?

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[gti-vr6] Electric Waterpump VR6RAGE@aol Mon, 7 Dec 1998 17:15:09 EST
Re: [gti-vr6] Electric Waterpump veearesix <veearesix@mediaone> Mon, 07 Dec 1998 20:11:20 -0500
Re: [gti-vr6] Electric Waterpump "Chris Franson" <chris_franson@ulsaker> Mon, 07 Dec 1998 21:23:05 -0500
Re: [gti-vr6] Electric Waterpump "David Neale" <davidn@sytelco> Tue, 8 Dec 1998 10:24:06 -0000
Re: [gti-vr6] Electric Waterpump heckelrc@pfizer (Rob Heckel) Tue, 8 Dec 1998 08:15:29 -0400



From VR6RAGE@aol Mon, 7 Dec 1998 17:15:09 EST
From: VR6RAGE@aol
To: gti-vr6@dev.tivoli
Subject: [gti-vr6] Electric Waterpump
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 1998 17:15:09 EST
 
Has anyone noticed or have had their electric waterpump go out??  My car is a
96 and has 64k on it and i just noticed that it wasnt working the other day.
Anyone have any idea how much it costs?
Thanx,
Mike
Please mail me directly.
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From veearesix@mediaone Mon Dec 07 20:11:20 -0500 1998
From: veearesix <veearesix@mediaone>
To: gti-vr6@dev.tivoli
Subject: Re: [gti-vr6] Electric Waterpump
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 1998 20:11:20 -0500
 
Had mine go at about 35k. I MADE VW pay for it- even out of warranty. They said
the part- if I remember correctly-was about $90. plus coolant. It is an easy
thing to do, don't pay th labor on it.
Doug
SPEED

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From chris_franson@ulsaker Mon Dec 07 21:23:05 -0500 1998
From: "Chris Franson" <chris_franson@ulsaker>
To: gti-vr6@dev.tivoli
Subject: Re: [gti-vr6] Electric Waterpump
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 1998 21:23:05 -0500
 
>Had mine go at about 35k. I MADE VW pay for it- even out of warranty. They said
>the part- if I remember correctly-was about $90. plus coolant. It is an easy
>thing to do, don't pay th labor on it.

Nope, that pump is about twice that, retailing at about $200 from your local
dealer. Changing the pump isn't too hard, but plan on dumping the coolant.
(I just helped fellow lister Rob Heckel change his this weekend- I think
he's got somewhere around 40k or maybe less on his '97. The pump was still
working but very noisy, and something was loose inside after we removed it.)
The hoses on the pump sit about even with the bottom of the coolant
reservoir, so that fluid's going to go somewhere. (it's probably a good time
to flush & change coolant if you haven't done it in a while anyway.)
An interesting sidenote: that pump is a Vanagon part.
Chris
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From davidn@sytelco Tue, 8 Dec 1998 10:24:06 -0000
From: "David Neale" <davidn@sytelco>
To: gti-vr6@dev.tivoli
Subject: Re: [gti-vr6] Electric Waterpump
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 1998 10:24:06 -0000
 
Changed mine about 3 weeks ago, The original had suddenly gone *very* noisy
at 121k.

Both the original and the new part say Bosch/VW/Audi, but the newer part
used a new style power connector.  The dealer also supplied a new connector
to go with it, but not the metal bits that would probably have crimped onto
the wires, so I modified the new socket by removing the polarising keys from
the pump.

It cost £127 (about $208)

David.

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From heckelrc@pfizer Tue, 8 Dec 1998 08:15:29 -0400
From: heckelrc@pfizer (Rob Heckel)
To: gti-vr6@dev.tivoli
Subject: Re: [gti-vr6] Electric Waterpump
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 1998 08:15:29 -0400
 
>Nope, that pump is about twice that, retailing at about $200 from your local
>dealer.


I know you can get one cheaper (~$170) if you live near one of the parts
guru guys (Mike Potter/Todd Sager/ND?).  Let me know if you need the part
number and I can look them up this evening and get back to you tomorrow
morning.


>Changing the pump isn't too hard, but plan on dumping the coolant.
>(I just helped fellow lister Rob Heckel change his this weekend- I think
>he's got somewhere around 40k or maybe less on his '97.

Actually, it died with less than 37K miles on it.  Thanks for the help,
Chris!  And thanks to Brendon for sending me his recollections of his pump
replacement.  The entire swap took less than 30 minutes-and most of that
time was spent figuring out the logistics (i.e. which plug wires to remove,
how to get the hose clamps off, locating the damn coolant drain plug,
etc.).  Either Chris or myself could do it in about 15 minutes with our
new-found knowledge.


>The hoses on the pump sit about even with the bottom of the coolant
>reservoir, so that fluid's going to go somewhere. (it's probably a good time
>to flush & change coolant if you haven't done it in a while anyway.)


I decided to make the G11 to G12 switch at the same time I changed out the
bad coolant reciculation pump.  Simple, easy, time-consuming.  The grocery
store down the street is going to wonder why they had such a big run on
distilled water over the weekend  ;-)

BOR
97 Windsor bluerple GTI-VR6, now with bright pink coolant

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