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Old 05-16-2017, 03:00 PM   #1
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Weird Recess on New Saleri water pump

Hello All. I am new to this forum. I bought an E46 a few months ago, I am about to do the much recommended cooling system overhaul. Car has 110000kms on it. only a minor leak on the radiator. I plan to replace everything. I bought the Saleri water pump, i cross referenced with the RealOEM website. Once it arrived it seems to have the center axle somewhat recessed, is this a normal condition? should I install it with no worries or should I return it?

Return is a big hassle were I live hence why I ask here, maybe Mango or someone else here has had a similar experience. I used the search button, there are tons of info but nothing about this. Below is a picture of such pump.

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Old 05-16-2017, 03:21 PM   #2
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Hello All. I am new to this forum. I bought an E46 a few months ago, I am about to do the much recommended cooling system overhaul. Car has 110000kms on it. only a minor leak on the radiator. I plan to replace everything. I bought the Saleri water pump, i cross referenced with the RealOEM website. Once it arrived it seems to have the center axle somewhat recessed, is this a normal condition? should I install it with no worries or should I return it?

Return is a big hassle were I live hence why I ask here, maybe Mango or someone else here has had a similar experience. I used the search button, there are tons of info but nothing about this. Below is a picture of such pump.

Cheers!
https://www.ecstuning.com/b-saleri-p...517527910~sal/

Edit : Pictures are from multiple pumps judging by the part that attaches to the pulley. Looks like you get it one way or the other. You'll be able to confirm when you compare the depth of old vs new.
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Old 05-16-2017, 03:37 PM   #3
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As long as its tight i wouldnt worry about it

seems the other photos online match yours
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looking at a photo from ECS Tuning looks like the same

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Awesome, thanks to all for the clarification. I had only checked the pictures in forums and not ECS tuning. Seems to be fine. .

I was also checking the DIY for accessory belts, I shall post some pictures of my car seems to have the rare 2 idler pulley configuration (instead of the usual 3).
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Awesome, thanks to all for the clarification. I had only checked the pictures in forums and not ECS tuning. Seems to be fine. .

I was also checking the DIY for accessory belts, I shall post some pictures of my car seems to have the rare 2 idler pulley configuration (instead of the usual 3).
M54 motors have one idler pulley. Two tensioners, but only one idler on the water pump, crank, power steering pump and alternator belt.
https://www.google.com/search?q=m54+...lsS9u3mTlMaGM:
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Old 05-16-2017, 11:25 PM   #7
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Weird Recess on New Saleri water pump

Good luck with the cooling system overhaul. I just did mine today and feel a whole lot better about summer time driving in Texas


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Old 05-19-2017, 08:50 PM   #8
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Thank God I did this, everything has gone smooth. Until a few moments when I removed the waterpump and found a plastic impeller shattered in half. It Doesn't sound like composite like the saleri one. The car was giving me no problems at all no symptoms. So I was even thinking on not changing it. Thankfully I will also replace the radiator too so any large pieces of the impellerr should be there.

Also what I meant to say is that my car has the typical 2 mechanical tensioners but no idler. I will post pictures for the records.
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:23 PM   #9
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Saleri pump is legit. 26,000 miles and no problems. Dont worry.
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