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Old 12-19-2011, 11:50 AM   #1
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I am in the middle of changing my timing belt using Meatbawls guides. Very helpful. The kit came with a waterpump made in China. I'm having no issues with cooling, so I'm debating about changing a working pump for one made in China. I can't find any information about this pump. Does anyone have any experience with it?
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:55 PM   #2
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I am in the middle of changing my timing belt using Meatbawls guides. Very helpful. The kit came with a waterpump made in China. I'm having no issues with cooling, so I'm debating about changing a working pump for one made in China. I can't find any information about this pump. Does anyone have any experience with it?

You will get all kinds of various opinions, but mine is that the waterpump stays unless it needs replacing... Coolant systems and I have had a long history, no matter how careful I am, I end up with a very slight leak. If the bearings on the pump feel fine when you are in there, just keep your new one on the shelf.
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We have sold and had customers use hundreds of these water pumps/kits. I personally would install it and enjoy a worry free experience. their kits are great and proven.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:30 PM   #4
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That's exactly what I was thinking. I've had similar experiences on other cars where you just don't get them back together quite the same way.
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I used the Gates water pump when I did my timing belt with the OEM Subaru water pump gasket. Comparing the 2, the OEM one was much better quality. Been over a year with the Gates and no problems.
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:27 PM   #6
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You have a '02 so you might not have a problem, but the smallest pulley in that kit was the incorrect one for my '03 WRX (I think they changed it mid-year).
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:32 PM   #7
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The small pulley was the same, but I got two rollers with the black bearing seal. There was a black and an orange one on the car. I measured the black and the orange rollers that came off the car and the ones in the kit and there was only a couple of thousandths difference in diameter so I'm not going to worry about the color of the bearing seal.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:34 PM   #8
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Importimage, somehow I missed your post. Thanks for the information, that makes me feel better.
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:42 AM   #9
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The small pulley was the same, but I got two rollers with the black bearing seal. There was a black and an orange one on the car. I measured the black and the orange rollers that came off the car and the ones in the kit and there was only a couple of thousandths difference in diameter so I'm not going to worry about the color of the bearing seal.
Yea, I think the colors were different on the pulleys. That couple thousands isn't going to affect anything - the tensioner will take care of that.
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awesome, we hope you enjoy it!
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