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Water Pump-Composite or Metal Impeller #4636960
01/16/18 05:48 PM
01/16/18 05:48 PM
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sw ohio
willbur Offline OP
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Greetings All

Which is preferable for a water pump-composite or metal impeller?

Re: Water Pump-Composite or Metal Impeller [Re: willbur] #4636967
01/16/18 05:59 PM
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Metal without a doubt.


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Re: Water Pump-Composite or Metal Impeller [Re: willbur] #4637004
01/16/18 06:44 PM
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If the pump is prone to cavition you need plastic or cast iron.


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Re: Water Pump-Composite or Metal Impeller [Re: willbur] #4637005
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Use the OE pump and whatever that may be.


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Re: Water Pump-Composite or Metal Impeller [Re: willbur] #4637013
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Audios Offline
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Metal for sure, never had a good thing come long term from plastic/composite impellers. Will also give you headache overheating issues in the future if the impeller is slipping on and off the driving shaft.


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Re: Water Pump-Composite or Metal Impeller [Re: willbur] #4637040
01/16/18 07:15 PM
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After fixing a few plastic water pumps on a friend's BMW e46, my vote is metal.


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Re: Water Pump-Composite or Metal Impeller [Re: willbur] #4637070
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Metal is preferred but don't buy a bottom of the barrel aftermarket water pump because it has a metal impeller. Most OEM water pumps have plastic impellers and in a well maintained system should not have any issues.

Even metal impellers can fail too.


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Re: Water Pump-Composite or Metal Impeller [Re: Kibitoshin] #4637085
01/16/18 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted By: Kibitoshin
Metal is preferred but don't buy a bottom of the barrel aftermarket water pump because it has a metal impeller. Most OEM water pumps have plastic impellers and in a well maintained system should not have any issues.

Even metal impellers can fail too.

Yep - it's how well maintained the cooling system is that will dictate how long a water pump will last. Coolant pH and chemistry(sticking to the same formulation for service or topping off) matter a lot. If you own a diesel, this is even more vital.

Re: Water Pump-Composite or Metal Impeller [Re: willbur] #4637113
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If you have something that doesn't use HOAT type coolant, a composite one might not hold up. I would get something OE quality.


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Re: Water Pump-Composite or Metal Impeller [Re: willbur] #4637216
01/16/18 10:10 PM
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Anyone who willfully chooses a composite impeller pump to a metal one absolutely deserves it. Unfortunately, most people never make this choice and still suffer the consequences.

Re: Water Pump-Composite or Metal Impeller [Re: willbur] #4637225
01/16/18 10:18 PM
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For the chrysler 3.7 iíve heard people say to stick with the mopar plastic impeller.


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Re: Water Pump-Composite or Metal Impeller [Re: willbur] #4637232
01/16/18 10:24 PM
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What engine/vehicle?

or just looking for general info?

Last edited by Rand; 01/16/18 10:24 PM.

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Re: Water Pump-Composite or Metal Impeller [Re: willbur] #4637241
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Marshfield , MA
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The impellers and shafts are splined press fits. I wouldn't want plastic, if I had a choice. When you sell a pump with a plastic impeller, you're saying to the customer. Its OK , the bearing or the packing will fail first. grin2


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Re: Water Pump-Composite or Metal Impeller [Re: Kage860] #4637281
01/16/18 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted By: Kage860
For the chrysler 3.7 iíve heard people say to stick with the mopar plastic impeller.


That's what OE is and what I still use. I think whoever said it's coolant that matters is spot on.


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Re: Water Pump-Composite or Metal Impeller [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4637310
01/17/18 02:11 AM
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Maybe call it intuition, but my sense is that a composite impeller will undergo only so many heat-up / cool-down cycles before fractures develop. The Duratec V6 Ford / Mercury from the Contour / Mystique of a number of years ago suffered waterpump failure / overheating (it being an aluminum heads / aluminum block engine) when the OEM plastic impeller started spinning freely on its shaft, or when the impeller grenaded. I did not let it come to that... rather, I pre-emptively replaced it with a metal impeller jobber water pump...


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