Well, a new revelation happened today. While checking thermostat after
draining fluid and later refilling when I started car I heard a
rattling sound coming from water pump area (somewhat loud) that
eventually disappeared when fluid finally circulated. I'm 90% sure
it's a defective water pump now and not a clogged radiator or bad
thermostat. I guess without fluid the impeller/bearing had a chance to
freewheel. I ordered a new pump and belt (belt looked ready for
replacement).... It makes sense that the radiator wasn't getting full
flow to push through all of the veins (area around the main fan was
coolest).... the saga continues, but I'm going to nail down this
snafu, even to my grave (MB hearst at funeral)... The learning curve
is flattening...........whew! ...... stay tuned, Derf doesn't give
For those who like tofu, i saw this license plate I thought was real
cool.... it read... "ILVTOFU"...... funny, I think it was on Bernie
| >For those who like tofu, i saw this license plate I thought was
| >cool.... it read... "ILVTOFU"...... funny, I think it was on Bernie
| >Madoff's car...
| I think that you miss-read that, shouldn't it be 'I Love To F***
There was a news article a couple of days ago about a woman who was a
vegetarian and loved to eat tofu. She wanted a license plate that
reflected her adoration for tofo and asked for a personalized plate:
ILVTOFU and was refused on exactly the grounds you stated above...
that some might misunderstand the intended message.
Here's a link to a web site that validate's my statement above:
And another - at a vegetarian site - with video of the woman that made
And we wonder how internet rumors get started???
Good for you, I hope you didn't order a rebuilt water-pump, sellers always
lie to you about their parts meeting oem spec. I went through Schuck's
inventory, they have terrible frictions on all their water-pumps. Be sure
you can turn the water-punmp's rotor up to 18 turns. 3 turns is not
acceptible. At Optimum Fuel Systems, we find problems like this for
people, people who don't understand us call us "snake oil", if you can
eliminate all the frictions in your vehicle, it'll be like a hybrid. If
you don't believe this, please bring your vehicle to Seattle and compare
I didn't understand that, so I'll ask the stupid question. Do you mean
turning the water pump internals before fitting it to the car? Don't
they just rotate freely? What is there that limits the number of turns?
I knew some smart people would want some more details. You have to spin
the rotor with full force to simulate some engine force, see the video on
the front page www.extra150miles.com (it really should be called
www.extra250miles.com based on our achievement). Like I said before, we
want to assure you that there is no snake oil involvement in our works, so
we decided to tell you 1-secret. There are 7 friction spots in your
vehicle. Honda and Toyota know the secrets as well.
I never expected a BEARING would actually have FRICTION that would
require a FORCE to overcome it. You guys have discovered a really
important principle. I'm really impressed.
If only everyone could discover this SECRET we'd all be rich!
(If you really had any useful knowledge whatsoever you'd post it here
instead of hiding behind your dipshit web site.)
Yes it had FRICTION that normal mechanic wouldn't know how to detect it, it
depends on who rebuilt it. Mercedes-Benz doing a good job originally.
With the bad one you lose 10 horse power.
be Rich? It's too late now, America is broke. Avoid buying a rebuilt
water-pump, because if you come to my shop, I hate to see your unhappy
face, you would think I'm after your money, I want to help sometimes for
free. Sorry for our terrible website, you want to help me back now? Why
don't you correct my poor English? You know I learned technology 20 years
ahead of my English, I speak too many languages, I'm almost out of memory.
LOL, Anybody with any grounding in science, engineering or basic
knowledge picked up working with power equipment over the years knows
how silly this statement is. 10hp would be a staggering amount of
power for a small auto water pump bearing to consume in friction.
In fact, I would suspect it would generate so much heat that it would
fail within a short time. It's further laughable that the major auto
manufacturers, who have been desperate to up fuel economy for decades,
would not have long ago spec'd better bearings if any meaningful
increase in fuel economy could be achieved that way.
FINAL UPDATE: Replaced radiator, car runs cooler now than when I first
owned it. Temp now hovers around 80c at all speeds. Aux fans haven't
had to come on.
BIG CLUE: Radiator was cold to touch in center even after high temp
2nd CLUE: Old radiator weighed considerably more than new one after
drained and removed (get shipping weight of new radiator to compare
with old one)
3rd CLUE: After hot operation (rumbling upper radiator hose) and
eventual cool down, upper radiator hose collapse.
4th CLUE: Car ran normal temp for about 15-20 min before getting very
hot (I guess when thermostat opened up)
I hope this helps someone and thanks to all that posted responses.
Say what? It's news to me that any cat converter feedsback exhaust
gas to the engine. That's done by the EGR system no? The catalytic
converter is there to cause a chemical reaction that reduces
hydrocarbons, CO, and NO directly. The ones that do all 3 are the 3
way type. I know I've seen plenty of cat converters that have one
pipe in one pipe out.
If GM or FORD hired us long time ago to lead their research & development,
they won't be broke today. The Japanese is winning. I've tried to inform
OBAMA early this year, and I haven't got a response yet. He should look at
our technologies, I intended to save America 1/2 $Trillion/year on foreign
oil. We will give our ideas away for a nominal fee if the government is
supporting us because we need to recapture our r&d investment.
LOL. Why do you need the govt to support you? If your ideas are
indeed valid, you should have no problem obtaining lots of private
equity. In fact, if what you claim is anywhere near true, you should
be talking to a patent attorney and well on your way to being very
rich. So, why are you here instead, bsing around, and trying to find
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