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Old 04-12-2004, 07:38 PM
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how to store a new waterpump for future use?

Hi everybody,
I purchased a brand new waterpump on e-bay as I thought the price was very reasonable. Now how would you store it for the day when you need it so it is still new and not rusted up or has a frozen bearing? Put an oily rag in it? Wrap it in some clean oily cloth and then in a plastic bag? Any recommended oil or wax, that I will also be able to get off later?
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Old 04-12-2004, 08:41 PM
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I think any of your ideas will do the trick.
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Old 04-12-2004, 09:02 PM
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Thanks manny,
I thought people who restore engines over time have a few special tricks for preventing rust. I'm also concerned with what I put in will not be detrimental to the coolant once its installed.

After Murphy's law, now that I bought the new waterpump, the old one will probably last forever.
Thanks again.
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Old 04-12-2004, 09:47 PM
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I'd be concerned mostly with the seal. It may help to turn the shaft of the unit every now and then to prevent sticking of the seal to the seal surface. It would be ideal to butter the seal lip with silicone grease.
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Old 04-12-2004, 11:22 PM
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spray silicone

cheap !
It kills me to say it, but "Prestone's" silicone spray @ walmart
is good for everything but brushing your teeth !

'hosed down interior of Yamaha Waverunner, every time it was
used and 9 years later it looks "factory".

Salt is hydroscopic and attracts water,
leading to the process of corrosion (rust)

A process invented by the Germans ; Who were not pleased
with the product, and sold the rights to the French , Who two
generations later leased the operational proceedure to the
Italians who love it to this day.
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Old 04-12-2004, 11:32 PM
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I have a local rebuilder and keep a couple of spares for my vintage cars. My rebuilder said that as long as the seal has never been exposed to coolant, its shelf life is indefinite. The bearing is packed with grease, so no problem there.

Just store it in a dry place. I usually also put the parts in ziplock bags and press out all the air on the dry Santa Ana wind days we get down here by the beach in the fall.

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Old 04-13-2004, 08:30 AM
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Thanks everybody,
Now I know what to do. Silicone spray first, then silicate bags insteadt of the Santa Ana winds, then oily rags then in plastic bag and then in a dry space ...
Some day this will be found by future archeologists and they will think it was a piece of enormous spiritual value symbolizing the circulation of life's forces.
Thanks again.
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Old 04-13-2004, 09:26 AM
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Reinhard, skip the oily bags. You don't see the water pump on your car rusting up do you? As long as you keep the stored water pump in dry indoor storage with the silica bag it will be fine.
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Old 04-13-2004, 09:31 AM
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Reinhard - Mercury outboard motor dealers sell a spray made by Mercury I believe is called Storage Spray. You spray it into the cylinders of the outboard and crank the engine over a couple of times and it coats the inside of the cylinders to prevent rust and corrosion during storage. It leaves a film on the metal parts to protect them. Might be a good idea to spray the pump with this stuff before storing in a bag. A call to a Mercury dealer should answer the question if this is is good idea. I know I have used it on parts under the hood to prevent them from getting surface rust again and it seems to be holding 2 years later. Just a thought

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