Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Can a jeep run and drive without a water pump??

asked by on

Hello! So I've been car shopping on Craigslist and I came across a really nice 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee with only 156k mikes and no rust. The only problem that the lady selling it told me about is the water pump. She said everything is great on it except the water pump. So if I replace the water pump, will that be it or do other things go out when the water pump does? Can something else go out from driving it with no water pump or can you even drive it at all with no water pump? I'm just concerned that maybe once I replace the water pump, more things that the lady failed to tell me about will need fixed. I know that it might be a little difficult to answer this due to the fact that I haven't looked at it yet, so I apologize. I just want to make sure that I can at least drive it home and maybe to a garage so I can get the water pump replaced without causing any damage to the car. The lady also recently replaced the break lines and power steering pump if that matters at all. Please help

My car has 156000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Driving or running the engine without the water pump working to circulate the coolant through the motor will cause the motor to overheat and may damage the engine costing thousands of dollars versus using a tow truck to take the vehicle to the shop that will cost a lot less. I would not recommend running the engine more than a few minutes at a time or you will overheat it.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Engine shakes and won't stay running

Without knowing the type of fluid leak I will speculate it is the water pump is leaking and binding up. You may need to get the water pump and timing belt replaced along with the broken motor mounts.

Q: What's is the easiest way to remount the engine to transmission when putting new one in? 2003 Jeep Liberty

Claimed by David Gaines Wooten

Q: I have a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 277,000 miles (mostly highway). My hope is to get 2 more years (90,000 more miles) out of i

Considering the high mileage and the symptoms you are experiencing, it is very possible that you may need a new engine. Engine prices can vary greatly depending on where you live, which vehicle the engine is going into, the time...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...