Thought about saving cash and going aftermarket pump, any recommendations? No offense to the hardcore jeepers that would mate with their vehicles if they could, but jeep is not known as a quality brand and I'd have to assume they make most of their parts so that they have an expiration date... the American way.. spend spend spend. I see the Bosch brand all over the internet is now known as the worst out there for anything. Sure, $130 bucks for a chrystler pump, but I'd like something that will work and last. Any suggestions?
OEM would be my 1st and only choice.
I'm a tech at a shop that services all makes and models(more Jeeps then most since I am in Colorado) and have found one major thing out,OEM parts are far better then aftermarket until you get into the high performance and specialty area's(offroad with lifts,racing,and such but those parts are more $$$ then OEM).Used all aftermarket pumps(OE style) and it's very hit and miss and more times in the miss section.
I'm with ya, man. I'm a tech at an import dealer, we almost exclusively use OEM parts and you basically never see something DOA or an early failure. Before that I worked for and independent who got most of our parts from NAPA or Carquest and man it was a crap shoot. That's where I learned the phrase "just because it's new doesn't mean it's any f-ing good."
As far as finding a small intermittent leak I like to use a hand pump and pressurize the cooling system.