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Pump issues

I have a water cooling set up from EKMB. I've had it for a while and never had any issues. My son uses the computer for his Vive. One day it rebooted for a windows update. When it came back on, it was overheating. I noticed the pump was running. No matter how many times I rebooted, it never came on. So, we just shut it off and let it sit. I was going to order a new pump but one day out of frustration while at work, my son turned it on and the pump started up just fine. Everything was great for a while but then I shut it down to add fluid to the reservoir. When I turned it back on, the pump won't start. I pulled the power and plugged it into another line just incase that's the problem but nothing. I can hear a faint clicking like it's trying to do something.

So, is the pump just dead and need replaced? I've never taken it apart so I was thinking maybe if I took it apart and cleaned it really well, maybe that might be the issue? Any suggestions?

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From what I see in the photos is a system of two pumps, a DDC and a D5 .......... have the two pumps failed you at once?

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From what I see in the photos is a system of two pumps, a DDC and a D5 .......... have the two pumps failed you at once?
No, it's just the one pump at the bottom next to the psu. The bottom of the cylinder shaped reservoir doesn't have a pump built into it
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No, it's just the one pump at the bottom next to the psu. The bottom of the cylinder shaped reservoir doesn't have a pump built into it

yea, that's a DDC pump, while they can last 10 years, with a air cooler upgrade, and good air flow across that cooler. I would guess that the one you have, has run it's life at this point. as for a replacement pump, I would suggest getting a D5. yes it is more expensive, but all my D5 pumps have all lasted 7 to 10 years running 24/7.

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yea, that's a DDC pump, while they can last 10 years, with a air cooler upgrade, and good air flow across that cooler. I would guess that the one you have, has run it's life at this point. as for a replacement pump, I would suggest getting a D5. yes it is more expensive, but all my D5 pumps have all lasted 7 to 10 years running 24/7.
Any suggestion on a pump. A lot of them are combo with the reservoir but as you can see with my setup, the only reason mine fits is the little notch at the bottom of the reservoir. There just isn't enough room between the radiator and my video card. If I remember right, the card had to go in that slot.
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Any suggestion on a pump. A lot of them are combo with the reservoir but as you can see with my setup, the only reason mine fits is the little notch at the bottom of the reservoir. There just isn't enough room between the radiator and my video card. If I remember right, the card had to go in that slot.
If you want to stay with a small pump as a simple replacement, the Swiftech MCP50X performs similarly to a DDC, is much quieter and doesn't have the cooling issues - http://www.swiftech.com/MCP50X.aspx

Thermalbench review of the pump can be found here - https://thermalbench.com/2015/01/05/...h-mcp50x-pump/

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I have run my D5 pump for five years without cleaning my system. Now I know to change coolant every year.
I tore my whole system apart and used white vinegar 10% to 60% distilled water inside the 3 radiators and let them
sit for two days and then used baking soda and distilled water to put a coating back on the radiators inside surfaces.

My D5 had basically stopped making my wheel spin, so I bought a cheap pump and it worked. I watched a video
on how to clean the D5, and now She is running great once again.

I also recommend the D5 pump as well.
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