Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Essex Connecticut
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,839
Water pump rebuild
You all know my baby is in for her Major. Engine is still n the bench but I have some lessons learned for those who might be doing theirs soon. Biggest one is the Water pump (hence the title of the thread).
348's have a relatively unique set of parameters for access to many semi normal wear items such as alternators and waterpumps. These accessories are driven by a set of belts located at the front of the engine. These items are only accessable when the engine is out which is a fairly major and pricey undertaking. As a result of access difficulties, detailed inspections are performed when the engine is out. If ANY potential issues exist, the parts are simply replaced precluding unplanned failures.
Heres where it gets good...
A new replacement water pump for a 348 is priced near $1500. Rebuilt waterpumps are available through most parts suppliers for $700-$800. I found a guy in Mississippi who receives your pump, rebuilds it with new bearings and seals, and ships your pump back to you within 48 hours for the amazing price of $99 plus shipping. As an additional comparison, the rebuild kit for the DIYer that includes gaskets and seals only is $57
Just thought you'd like to know.
Previous owner of 348ts SS #64, Now Ferrariless