How Long Does a Water Pump Last?

The engine in your car produces a lot of heat, which means that the cooling system in your car will need to do its job to keep it from overheating. There are a variety of different key components in your cooling system and each of them plays a vital role in keeping the vehicle at a manageable temperature. The water pump helps to circulate the coolant throughout the engine keeping the internal temperature at the right levels. The water pump contains a propeller that is ran by the drive belt. This propeller is what helps to push the coolant through the engine. Every time that your car is ran, the water pump will have to do its job and keep the internal temperature of the engine down.

For the most part, the water pump on your vehicle should last the life of the vehicle. Due to mechanical issues with this part, the water pump will need to be replaced over time. Noticing the warning signs that the car gives when there is an issue with the water pump can help to save you a lot of time and trouble. Neglecting to act when these warning signs surface can lead to the engine overheating and in a lot of damage to the engine.

Running a car too hot can lead to damage to the cylinder heads, which can be very expensive to fix. Because of its location and the complexity involved in removing it, you may have to find a professional to handle the repairs for you. If you do not have experience with this type of work, you may do more harm than good. The water pump will have to be installed properly in order for your engine to get the cooling that it needs.

If there is an issue with your car’s water pump, here are a few of the things that you will probably notice:

  • There is coolant leaking from around where the water pump is mounted
  • The car is overheating
  • The car will not start

When the water pump is replaced, you will need to make concessions to replace the drive or timing belt as well. The professionals will be able to advise you as to what additional parts have to be replaced and how urgent it is to have it changed.


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Andrew

15 years of experience
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Andrew
15 years of experience
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Water Pump Replacement - Portland, Oregon
Andrew was early (bonus points). Andrew listened to my non-professional diagnostic opinion and set straight to work. He also provided me feedback and guidance as he moved through the repair process. Give this man a raise! He didn't do work that didn't need to be done and left me very satisfied with the service.
Ford Ranger - Water Pump Replacement - Portland, Oregon
I needed the water pump replaced on my Ford Ranger and set up an appointment with Andrew. Andrew arrived promptly on the day of the appointment and immediately set to work. He had a very competent and professional manner that I appreciated, and the work was done well within the estimated time. I am very glad to have my truck fixed and back on the road all without leaving my house!

Theodore

16 years of experience
1344 reviews
Theodore
16 years of experience
Jeep Liberty - Water Pump - Woodinville, Washington
Theodore was on time and willing to answer any questions I had about the process. His service was fast, friendly and exactly what I was looking for
Toyota Camry - Water Pump - Lynnwood, Washington
Theodore goes above and beyond to ensure my Toyota is running as it should and advises on appropriate work that needs to be done come the next appointment.

Edmar

22 years of experience
217 reviews
Edmar
22 years of experience
Honda Odyssey - Water Pump - Irving, Texas
Edmar was an absolute 10 out of 10 when it came to everything. As a car enthusiast, and fellow mechanic, i was unable to do any work on my sisters car due to having none of my tools at this location. When Edmar came buy and I was able to discuss the work with him, it was obvious he knew what he was doing, and that he was going to do it well. He uses care when working on the car, doesnt strip bolts, goes above and beyond in his level of service, and is easy to talk to. Im very particular about who works on my cars, and I would have no hesitation hiring Edmar again for any future work.

Ben

41 years of experience
1215 reviews
Ben
41 years of experience
Scion tC - Water Pump - Houston, Texas
Ben was great he arrived before time which was good. He knew what he was doing and explain very clearly what needed to be done. I would recommend him to any one that need their car worked on.

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