Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: NE Washington
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I tend to over-maintain my vehicle so when it was time for a new water pump, I also did a coolant flush, new thermostat and new belt. It was winter and I didn't have a warm place to work so I took it to my diesel mechanic. I kept the old belt as a spare. Less than year later, my tensioner started making noise so I got to spend a not so nice winter day in an open garage changing that too. I was advised to change out the idler at the same time so I bought the part and sure enough, it was shot too. My original water pump went out around 90-100k. If I had it to do over, I would have done all the work at the same time. When you do the work, It wouldn't hurt to spin all the other bearings that ride on the belt to make sure they're OK.
05 Ram 3500, SLT Bighorn, SB QC, Dynamic Stage 3 48RE, triple disc, billet input, S&B CAI, FASS Titanium, Smarty Jr., New stock Bosch injectors, Edge CTS, Hushpower/Magnaflow 4 inch, FTE Resonator, Bilstein 5100's, Redhead Steering, Truxedo, Linex