Dodge Cummins Turbo Diesel Water Pump Replacement
Dang, another truck repair. Had to replace the water pump. Pretty simple job on my truck, but it takes a lot of anti freeze. The water pump had been leaking intermittently for a few months, but it got progressively worse and had to be changed. I bought the water pump off Amazon. Great part at great price. I did buy the antifreeze locally. It took a couple of hours start to finish, but it was not difficult and I only needed a second pair of hands for about 15-20 minutes. I’m sure this job could be done in an hour or less if in a hurry. It really was the easiest water pump I have ever replaced on a vehicle.
My Dodge 5.9 Cummins turbo diesel is back on the road and leak free and it only cost me $75 in total. I got an estimate from a reputable shop at $400, so that is a savings of $325 or $162.50 per hour.
How to replace the water pump (video here). I did not use the spill-free funnel, but it really would have been nice and probably saved some time. As a side note, my water pump was not stuck, it popped right out.
Hopefully this post shows you that a couple of hours of DIY can save you some cash. Invest it and let it multiply!
How much could this $325 saving be worth in 20 years
$325 savings one time @ 6% for 20 years = $1,042
$325 savings each year @ 6% for 20 years = $13,670
If you do a project around the house each year that you would have otherwise had to pay someone for and put that in an investment, it can make a big difference long term. Just imagine if you did this 6 times a year it would grow to $75,900.