You should be able to get about 100,000 miles or more out of the factory water pump. Premier Auto Repair advises that if you take excellent care of your vehicle, all of the parts will last longer. Your water pump will give you signs that it is going bad. We are going to list those signs below so you know what to look for when it comes to a malfunctioning water pump. If you suspect that your water pump is going bad, bring your vehicle to our shop so we can inspect it and replace it if necessary.
Reduced Coolant Circulation
The water pump is responsible for circulating the coolant through the engine so it can draw the heat away from it. When a water pump starts to malfunction, the coolant circulation is reduced. If the water pump dies, you will have no coolant circulation through the engine. We can check your coolant circulation with a visual inspection at our shop. Bring your vehicle to our shop today.
A Corroded Water Pump
You can visually inspect your water pump to see if it is corroded. If it is, it has a slow leak that is leaving coolant all around it. Unfortunately, there is no way to repair this slow leak. Rather, this is a sign that your vehicle needs a new water pump. Ignoring the corrosion will allow the coolant to eat through the water pump’s metal housing. Naturally, this will cause what we are going to talk about next.
Leaking Engine Coolant
If the coolant has eaten through the housing, you will see coolant spots or puddles on your garage floor. This is an indication that the water pump is hemorrhaging coolant and you shouldn’t drive your automobile. Generally, when the water pump springs the leak, you end up with coolant spots on the garage floor toward the front of your engine in the center. This can also mean the radiator is leaking.
Grinding or Growling Noises
Your water pump may also give you an audible sign that it is dying. You may hear grinding or growling noises coming from the front of the engine. This is an indication that the water pump is struggling to run and its internal mechanisms are worn. You may also hear squealing coming from the engine, which is an indication that the accessory belt needs to be tightened. This belt powers the water pump.
Finally, you don’t need us to tell you that all of these things will cause your car, truck, or utility vehicle’s engine to overheat constantly. This is because the engine is not being supplied with the necessary coolant it needs or the coolant levels are too low. Do not drive your vehicle with an overheating engine.
Again, Premier Auto Repair in Tyler, TX, would be happy to inspect your water pump and replace it if necessary. Call us today.