Where to buy "Walbro 255" locally for < $70 in a pinch

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Where to buy "Walbro 255" locally for < $70 in a pinch

Post by airman » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:25 am

So I had my Walbro 255 seize up on my while driving but locally I was able to limp to Advance auto parts on the way home from work yesterday.

I didn't want to be stuck but I didn't want to pay $100+ for a stock fuel pump. So I got online with my phone to see if they sold walbros; most auto-parts store workers aren't going to even know that name.

So I found a thread in the DSM world that said an Airtex E2448 was a comparable pump and it was $65.99. Turns out, it's a walbro pump in an airtex box. It even says walbro on the pump!

It comes with a sock, wiring harness, instructions, and a 1 year warranty. I checked around and the stats I find on it is "75 gallons per hour free-flow rate" which equates to about 283LPH. The free-flow rate for a walbro 255 is identical.

So if anyone needs a backup pump or are looking for an upgrade/cheap way to go dual walbro 255s, Advance auto (and probably anywhere that has airtex fuel pumps) will have basically a walbro 255 for under $70 with a 1-year warranty.

Keep in mind my experience from when I needed this is 2 years old at the time of this edit - open the box and check the branding on the pump itself to see if it's a Walbro. If it isn't, if it is an E2448, it still retains the same flow rate/specs but possibly more questionable quality.

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I want to highlight that these pumps are known for a short lifespan. I've updated the title to include the phrase 'in a pinch', simply because this should not be relied upon for as a long-term solution.

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Post by emo_tactical9 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:35 am

Nice find.
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Post by TryingToTurbo » Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:13 am

Yikes! Look at the reviews! May work in a pinch, but I'd be weary of using it long term.
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Post by airman » Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:31 am

I'd honestly ignore those reviews. It IS a made-in-US walbro pump in an airtex box.

How many times have you bought a part from an autoparts store that worked fine with no issues and you took the time to leave a review on the product page for the website?
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Post by 8-bit » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:56 pm

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Post by Walperstyle » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:53 pm

so, team, should I go dual wally? or single 400lph into a bosch 044 inline?
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8-bit wrote:Vote 4 sticky
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Post by airman » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:40 am

Walperstyle wrote:so, team, should I go dual wally? or single 400lph into a bosch 044 inline?
Depends on whether or not you plan on running E85 - I think even the most recently manufactured "255s" still don't always get along but your experience may vary - I've seen people run Wally 255s for years on E85 and others will tell you that they go out every 6 months. Walbro does have E85-certified pumps but I think those are the new 400LPH ones.
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Post by 240s-ex » Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:59 pm

really nice find, glad I saw this

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Post by sdaigle240 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:36 am

nice airman! hey, how long did your original pump last you? and when it goes does it pretty much make u stall out? or if you were at WOT would it have been a serious issue?
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Post by airman » Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:11 am

Glad this information is useful! As far as when the pump went - it had been going for a while. Basically the pump wouldn't prime/kick on every time. For about a week, I thought it was a wiring issue (I've got it hardwired/relayed). Got in, turned the key, no prime. Damn. Opened the hatch, checked my relay wiring, fuse, etc. Good. Pulled out the hanger and looked at the wiring joints in there. All good. Put it back in, key to on, heard it prime and I was good to go. HOWEVER, as soon as I turned the car off, the pump would immediately repeat the same thing.

So, I discovered that the pump was seized when I was going to leave work and had the same problem happen but even jumping it with 12v battery power while it's out of the gas tank did nothing.

So I knew it was seized. Banged on it with a screwdriver handle and got it to kick on. Went straight to Advance auto (barely made it there) and said "Hey, I need a fuel pump." Dude asks, "What year/make/model?" I tell him, "Doesn't matter". *perplexed look on his face*.

He had no idea what a walbro was, I asked him to look it up on the advance website to see if they carry it and he was like "durrr?". So I used the last 5% on my phone's battery to get online and google "Advance Auto Parts Walbro" and found a thread somewhere in the DSM world that said Airtex E2448 is a Walbro 255 in the airtex box.

So I bought it and was good to go!

The Walbro 255 that went bad I had bought used for $60 a little over a year ago. I'm tempted to crack open the shell of it and see exactly what went wrong and post up a little dissection thread on the forum!
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Post by basic » Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:21 am

airman wrote: I'm tempted to crack open the shell of it and see exactly what went wrong and post up a little dissection thread on the forum!
Do it. If nothing else, it may be fun.
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Post by airman » Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:17 am

Just called up Walbro and talked to one of the fuel pump guys. He explained that it is indeed a made-in-USA Walbro 255 in an Airtex box. He did say that Airtex does manufacture their own pumps too, but the E2448 is sold directly to them.

So if anyone had doubts about them being refurb/lower quality, hopefully that settles you down!

As far as cutting open the old pump I might have time this weekend and if not, it'll be after Wednesday.

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Post by airman » Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:41 am

Any objections to making this stickied?
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Post by souljaseth33 » Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:28 am

I say sticky for sure. I plan on checking them out here locally to have a back up
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Post by pidass » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:26 am

use promo code ES123 ($20 off of $50) to get it down to $46.99 picked up ;)

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Post by beercandrifter » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:15 am

for reference, the chevy airtex pumps are not walbros and actually have extremely bad reviews of them consistantly dying in 6 months or less. guess the only thing to take away is it wont be the same for different engines if people want to use them for other cars, just make sure you do your research. figured i would be lucky getting one for my truck, then ran across a bunch of info saying otherwise.
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Post by airman » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:22 am

Well, as I stated, (unless Walbro is lying) Walbro told me over the phone that these particular Airtex pumps (E2448) are indeed manufactured by Walbro and are genuine. Walbro just manufactures this pump for Airtex in the OEM market. Inside of the Airtex box is a fuel pump that has the Walbro logo stamped on the metal casing.
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Post by Empire087 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:45 pm

My pump might be on its way out, it indeed said walbro on it. I'll post up if I find it to be or not to be the problem.
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Re: Where to buy "Walbro 255" locally for < $70

Post by drunknmunky » Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:13 pm

Great find mate. Thx for sharing!

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Re: Where to buy "Walbro 255" locally for < $70

Post by airman » Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:49 am

It's definitely great for the 'in a pinch' jobs. I think mine may have been going out after 6 months, though. Running 93 octane.
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Re: Where to buy "Walbro 255" locally for < $70

Post by Grant » Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:20 pm

good find indeed, i had a buddy run one of these and it went to **** a couple of months later, but def good buy to get you going.

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Re: Where to buy "Walbro 255" locally for < $70

Post by s14tilo » Sun Jul 14, 2013 1:46 pm

I've heard they can go bad if you run on a low tank of gas often.

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Re: Where to buy "Walbro 255" locally for < $70

Post by Grant » Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:17 am

s14tilo wrote:I've heard they can go bad if you run on a low tank of gas often.

i think that applies to any pump

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Re: Where to buy "Walbro 255" locally for < $70

Post by antigravity » Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:05 pm

That's ridiculous cheap...marketing ploys

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Re: Where to buy "Walbro 255" locally for < $70

Post by bmar19 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:15 pm

ebay!! you can always find something on ebay or zilvia

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Post by airman » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:04 am

bmar19 wrote:ebay!! you can always find something on ebay or zilvia
Yeah, but if you're stranded and need a new fuel pump that will still let you boost and not pay > $100 for an OEM one, eBay/zilvia isn't a very good way to get one in a hurry!
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Re: Where to buy "Walbro 255" locally for < $70

Post by drunknmunky » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:38 am

Thanks for the sticky and thanks for sharing!

Good to know if I ever get stuck w/ fuel issues.

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