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Water pump replacement on a 1989 Toyota Camry.

08-05-2009, 09:44 PM

I have a 1989 Camry with around 249,000 miles on it and will be replacing the timing belt and water pump in the next couple of weeks.

The water pump is an original Toyota brand name one that was last replaced a 86,000 miles. so doing the math it has around 163,000 miles on it. :eek: I would like to know what is a good quaility brand name water pump. Autozone sells the Duralast brand name and I was reading on the internet that Duralast water pumps are poor quaility.:disappoin What name brand water pumps are made in Japan?

The Toyota brand water pumps sell for about $108.00 and didn't want to pay that much.:frown: Thanks.


08-10-2009, 08:42 AM
I like to think of it another way...what is the cost of the part versus the time and effort to replace it worth? On most longitudinal-mounted engines, the water pump is right out front and easy to get to. But to replace the transverse-mounted Camry's pump, it requires removing the timing belt, CS pulley, etc., and all the retiming work to make sure everything is still aligned.

The only redeeming quality about buying aftermarket is usually a decent warranty period. If it leaks, you get a new one free. But who wants to replace a water pump every couple of years on this car even if it is free?

Yeah, $108 is alot for a pump, but you got over 150k miles out of it and you won't have to replace it again for what, 10 years?

Case in point, the one I got with a timing belt kit from eBay did not have the nice stamped stainless steel impeller that my OEM had. It was a cast impeller of unknown material (presumably iron). While I haven't had any cooling issues (save for an aged radiator), I just have that feeling that I ought to keep a close eye on it. Well, you get my point....

If you can swallow it, I'd try to get the Toyota one. If you absolutely must go AM, at least get the one with the best warranty and highest quality. Good luck!

10-29-2009, 07:01 AM
Replacing the water pump on my 89 camry was the worst job I've ever had to do on any car. There is next to no space to swing spanners at that end of the motor.

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