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Date registered: Jan 2015
Vehicle: 2002 E320 4Matic
Location: Fort Fun, IN
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I installed the eBay kit that PT_700 linked earlier. That kit included the water pump, idler pulley, belt tensioner, thermostat, and fan clutch. The shipping time for that from California was actually faster than the small parts I ordered from Pelican Parts on the same day/same time. From Pelican I got a new belt, a new idler pulley bolt (which I didn't really need), radiator drain plug (which didn't end up breaking), new water jacket drain plugs (which I didn't use because I couldn't find them on my car - perhaps because it is a 4Matic) and a new lower radiator hose (I got this because it was going to be the hardest to replace when the original fails in a couple of months - plus the original looked really sketchy). In all I spent $153 on parts and shipping. I already had the coolant on hand from earlier.
The install went about as smoothly as you could hope. My coolant was the most disgusting color of yellow/green you've ever seen short of a baby's diaper. My water pump was on it's last leg with about 4-5mm of play in it. Surprising it didn't throw the belt off in the last week of its miserable life. I saw a tip in one of the videos regarding the water pump bolts. I made an outline of the water pump on the side of the cardboard box it came in. Then I punched out the bolt holes for the water pump so I could put each one in that template as they came out. There are 3 different ETorx bolt sizes and probably 127 different lengths. So that made it easy to get the right bolt back in the right hole when reassembling.
Hopefully I get 10-15k out of this water pump and other bits, like PT_700 did. After this car hits 200k, it's not long for this world. I'll be looking to move on.