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Brand name water pump vs Autozone pump

I've always wanted to ask this question but am concerned about mentioning specific brand names for fear of offending a particular company or person so I'm going to try and ask this question as best as I can.

I have a brand name intake manifold, fuel filter and carb on my Camaro and am wanting to purchase a water pump from the same company. My question is what makes a brand name water pump so much better than the one I can get from Autozone for $80.

I realize the pumps from Autozone are rebuilt but is there really that much difference in performance and reliability? Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.

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One is probably made in China and the other in the US or Canada.
I opted to have mine rebuilt cause a new one would not fit the alternator bracket unless a spacer is used and a rebuilt one from the store would be a crap shoot whether you got a new or old casting.

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Both myself and friends have used rebuilts on various different engines and have had no problems.
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Just get a Stewart and call it good.
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I installed the Summit brand performance water pump and it has performed excellent on my BBC. It is stock in appearance with upgraded internals. I sprayed it Chevy Orange and it looks great. Highly recommend.

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Re: Brand name water pump vs Autozone pump

Im looking at the Edelbrock 8810 water pump at around $190. Other than the body being aluminum...can this pump really keep the engine that much cooler in the summer to justify the additional expense?

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X 2 on the stewart. Run one of these and you will never look back. They are cheaper from summit !

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Im looking at the Edelbrock 8810 water pump at around $190. Other than the body being aluminum...can this pump really keep the engine that much cooler in the summer to justify the additional expense?
Not really.

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Re: Brand name water pump vs Autozone pump

So what makes the Stewart pump so much better? What differences would I notice if I installed one?

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Bigger bearing, higher flow at low speed. Cast impeller. It's a quality piece.
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Bigger bearing, higher flow at low speed. Cast impeller. It's a quality piece.
X2 Stewart is a quality pump.

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One is probably made in China and the other in the US or Canada.
I opted to have mine rebuilt cause a new one would not fit the alternator bracket unless a spacer is used and a rebuilt one from the store would be a crap shoot whether you got a new or old casting.
Most all you will find are now made in China, unless it specifically says otherwise. Brand name or otherwise, most are likely made in China. Even rebuilts are getting hard to find. It is cheaper to have new pumps built than it is to transport cores around the country and then find labor that is capable of identifying and rebuilding all the different pumps you would have to deal with.

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I cant say I've ever had an issue with a parts store pump.


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Most all you will find are now made in China, unless it specifically says otherwise. Brand name or otherwise, most are likely made in China. Even rebuilts are getting hard to find. It is cheaper to have new pumps built than it is to transport cores around the country and then find labor that is capable of identifying and rebuilding all the different pumps you would have to deal with.
Even the ones that say Made in the US are probably primarily made in China. They're really just assembled here. Thanks to NAFTA and the EPA we don't have many foundries left here and those we do have are very, very expensive.

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Re: Brand name water pump vs Autozone pump

My buddy just put a new edelbrock on his 502 and it started dripping out of the weep hole almost instantly. Because he had it more than 90 days no warranty. Boo. Moving to Stewart now.

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