QUOTE (wifesbull @ Aug 25 2009, 10:10 PM)
Replaced the water pump on my 2004 Vulcan at 34,000. Two years and 20K later, there is seepage out of the weep hole and the pump is making some bad noise. Even though NAPA has a lifetime warranty, it's a bit of a chore to replace. I am tempted to eat the $40 or so that I originally spent and go for a better pump. Any recommendations?
I seem to get 3 to 5 years out of the aftermarket ones. I have replaced 4 or 5 of them in all the bulls i have had.
I can also tell you to be careful in getting a replacement because the pump and the gasket are different from upper
90's on up. There is an extra hole in the pump and the heater hose inlet is different. I had the auto parts store give
me a wrong gasket last time i played water pump roulette. Too many people forget about the coolant if there is no
problem. I think in a 3.0L, it should be changed every two to three years from the issues i have been seeing.
I would just get the warranty replacement. Yea, its a pain. Don't strip out the 8MM bolts.
BUT, it will force you to flush the crud out of the Vulcan every few years which is a good thing.
And putting the water hose through the water pump openings is a good way to get some of the
crud out of the block. Flush out the degass tank while your at it. There are good gen3's being junked
every day because they cooling systems where not taken care of and brown death plague killed them.