Your vehicle’s water pump is an important component of your cooling system. Located in the engine compartment, the sole responsibility of the water pump is to prevent the engine from overheating.
How does it do this?
Using an impeller (a rotating device similar to a fan), the water pump moves coolant fluid and water throughout your vehicle’s entire cooling system. This prevents your vehicle from overheating. When your water pump fails to work correctly, it means that coolant isn’t circulating, which can then cause your engine to overheat.
Should I replace or repair my water pump?
Your mechanic will likely tell you water pump repair is not the best option. In some cases, water pump repair is possible. Although, it’s usually much more cost effective to install a replacement than fix you water pump.
Signs That Your Water Pump May Need to Be Replaced
Do you think “I need your to replace or repair my water pump?” Here are several signs to look out for:
#1 – Leaking Coolant
Park your vehicle on a clean surface, or place a light colored piece of paper or cardboard underneath your vehicle’s engine area. If you notice green, yellow, or red fluid, you’ll definitely want to have your vehicle looked at by a professional.
Keep in mind that the leak may also be linked to a faulty radiator hose, or some other problem within your cooling system.
#2 – Overheating Engine
If you notice that you’re experiencing problems with your engine overheating, it may be due to a worn or problematic water pump. Overheating can lead to major problems. If this happens, you should check immediately check to see if you need to replace or fix your water pump.
#3 – Temperature Warning Light
If your vehicle’s temperature warning light comes on, it may be due to a malfunctioning water pump.
#4 – Vehicle won’t start
If you’re driving, and your engine overheats, it may cause your car to shut off. You won’t be able to start your car up again until the engine has cooled.
#5 – Loose Water Pump Pulley
If you notice a grinding sound coming from your engine, it may be because the water pump pulley is loose or worn. If this is the case, the water pump won’t be able to circulate coolant, and your engine will overheat. Only have a professional auto technician inspect and change your water pump pulley.
Preventing Problems in the Future
The following are some quick tips to help prevent bigger issues in the future.
Replace your thermostat.
Water pumps are designed to last a long time. However, if you do have to replace your water pump, also be sure to have your thermostat replaced as well.
Have your cooling system inspected by a professional.
At USA Automotive, our auto technicians are ASE certified, and we have the tools, knowledge, and experience to effectively deal with any issues that arise.
Double check your belts.
Sometimes, you might think “I need to fix my water pump”, but it may actually be a faulty/bad serpentine drive belt that needs to be replaced or repaired.
Call USA Automotive today at 919-249-5295 or use our online appointment request form. We look forward to providing you with the best water pump replacement in the Raleigh, NC area!