Ford F-250: Water Pump Reviews

Browse this review of the most popular water pump brands for the F-250 or F-350 Super Duty.

By Brett Foote - December 11, 2014

This article applies to the Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty (2005-2014).

Water pumps are one of those parts that you don't give much thought to until you need a new one. They play an important role in keeping your engine cool and running right. Just like most parts, when the time comes to replace a water pump, you have a lot of different options. You could just go with a stock pump, but perhaps you want something with more output, or maybe you are looking to add some performance to you truck. Keep reading for a brand comparison which will help you choose the right water pump for your specific needs. The four water pumps covered here are very reliable and are all direct fit to the Ford F-250 or F-350 Super Duty. The differences come down to varying prices and warranties.

Water Pumps

AC Delco
$45 $59 $41 $50

4.2 lbs

4 lbs

4.6 lbs

4 lbs

5 x 5 x 5 9.5 x 6 x 5.3 6.5 x 6.5 x 6.4 11.8 x 7.6 x 6
Part Number
GMB 125-6050 97181 43504 AW4130
Lifetime 1 year 1 year Lifetime
Best Quality: Airtex

Best Value: Gates

AC Delco

Price - $45

Weight - 4.2 lbs

Part Number - GMB 125-6050

Dimensions - 5 x 5 x 5

Warranty - Lifetime

AC Delco makes a solid OE replacement water pump that won't break the bank. They are a popular option for those very reasons, and if you are running a stock engine their performance will be more than adequate. With a lifetime warranty, you can be confident that when you install one you won't have to worry about it. Recommended if you are looking for a good performance water pump without spending too much money.


Price - $59

Weight - 4 lbs

Part Number - 97181

Dimensions - 9.5 x 6 x 5.3

Warranty - 1 year

Bosch pumps are made with 100% OE parts, making them a great direct replacement that is as close to stock as possible. They exhibit great quality and value and are a notch up the ladder from AC Delco. However, they do not have as good of a warranty as AC Delco pumps. But then again, if they last, you won't need to use it. Recommended if you are looking for a stock replacement.


Price - $41

Weight - 4.6 lbs

Part Number - 43504

Dimensions - 6.5 x 6.5 x 6.4

Warranty - 1 year

Gates makes an excellent product for little money. Their water pumps are known to be durable and undergo extensive testing of seals and bearings, along with leak tests, before being shipped out. Gates pumps are also made with a cast aluminum housing and stamped steel impeller. Gates may not have the brand name recognition of Bosch or AC Delco, but they make a good product at a good price. Recommended if you are looking for a good value water pump.


Price - $50

Weight - 4 lbs

Part Number - AW4130

Dimensions - 11.8 x 7.6 x 6

Warranty - Lifetime

Airtex makes a great quality product for the price. Their pumps feature durable housings that are precision machined for a great fit and proper sealing. They are built to OE specs and tested before they leave the factory to ensure proper functionality. Airtex water pumps have a great reputation among community experts and are well worth the extra few dollars that they cost compared to a standard pump. Recommended if you are looking for a good pump with a great warranty.

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