E36 Water Pump Worry
I have just replaced the water pump on my E36 Compact, but I have a worry that maybe someone may be able to displace.
The pump bearings fell out a couple of days ago and the car was stopped within 8-10 seconds of it failing. I changed the pump yesterday (after getting some great advice from this site). Once I removed the pump, I noticed that the impeller was totally destroyed ! I managed to pull out a few pieces from the cavity where the pump sits and I flushed the engine out for about 10 minutes, but I estimate that I have only got about 20% of the impeller !!
I continued with the replacement, all finished and started the car. No leaks / rattles / knocks.
Should I be worried about the remaining pieces possibly shattering the new pump impeller or will they get trapped somewhere ?
Am I right in thinking that the path of the water flow from the pump is round the block, out the top and through the thermostat back into the rad ?
If so, I assume that the thermostat would catch any stray parts ?
Any advice greatly appreciated....