requesting a water pump experiment - Page 2 - Fuelly Forums
Go Back   Fuelly Forums > Tech, Troubleshooting and Repair > Experiments, Modifications and DIY
Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-17-2007, 10:35 AM   #11
Registered Member
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,138
Country: United States
Originally Posted by MetroMPG View Post
Part B didn't really work out - the engine gets hot too quickly with the water pump disconnected (surprise, surprise!).
OOOOoooohhh, I always wondered what the water pump is for... :-)

Good try anyway. When you described the setup, I didn't even think about the car overheating that quickly, but now that I think about it, it makes sense. Hmm, what to try next...

Ooh, another way to skin the cat, maybe. Hook up your electric drill to the water pump, spin the pump at whatever speeds it would spin at if the engine was turning 1k, 3 k, and 6k rpm, and then use the kill-a-watt to see how much power it takes to spin the pump at those speeds. Just thinking out loud...

Bill in Houston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2007, 10:45 AM   #12
Registered Member
MetroMPG's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 4,223
Country: United States
I was thinking the same thing - just spinning the pump electrically & measuring current draw. It'd be the most accurate test.

MetroMPG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2007, 07:48 PM   #13
Registered Member
bzipitidoo's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 112
Country: United States
Wow, thanks for giving it a try. Now, how to do it?

That's too bad the engine heats up too quickly. I thought you'd have a few minutes before overheating. Sounds like it's only seconds.

How to run the engine without any water pump at all? Hmmm... run on pure ethanol? May not be cool enough, and fuel system may not be designed for alternative fuels. Spray engine with water hose? Probably not enough cooling. Switch 50/50 antifreeze/water mixture for 100% water? Wait until winter? Unhook radiator and just run water hose in one end of engine and open to the ground at the other? Really extreme: coat engine parts with ceramic so it can take higher temps?

Cool the oil? Pain to set up, I bet. If done wrong could ruin the engine. And besides water is much better than oil at carrying heat around. Easiest sounds like the suggestion to spin the water pump with a drill. A plain old electric motor with pulley could do the job, if you can find anywhere to mount it.

bzipitidoo is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cost of motoring UK & US Draigflag General Fuel Topics 13 12-12-2013 04:22 AM
More detail josh434 General Fuel Topics 2 06-28-2009 02:39 AM
I saw the weirdest thing in Compton at 3am.... Compaq888 General Fuel Topics 13 08-09-2006 04:09 AM
San Jose Police overinflate tires to 50 PSI to improve performance and have realized significant cost savings..... krousdb General Fuel Topics 10 04-23-2006 04:15 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:19 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.