Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Water pump

asked by on

Hello, I just bought a 2013 RAV4 XLE AWD, Toyota certified preowned, 1 previous owner, leased. The problem I am having is that I just noticed on the CarFax that the water pump was replaced at only 35,000 prior to sale. I've never heard of this. Is this a red flag for the vehicle? Did I buy a car that will be a lemon down the road? Why does a water pump need to be replaced so soon? is this something I should worry about? All of my previous cars have never needed this service done so soon. Please advise. Thanks for your help.

My car has 35000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi, thanks for writing in. The water pump i...

Hi, thanks for writing in. The water pump is not a common part to get replaced so soon, unless the water pump had a leak from another cause. I recommend checking the vehicle cooling system to make sure it is clean and no signs of overheating are present. You should have no problems.

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

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: Whole radio stops and shuts off at random

Hello! Thank you for writing in with this question. Many Toyota vehicles have been affected with similar issues. Oftentimes, this problem is caused by a ground issue in the faceplate of the radio. Toyota offers an updated factory radio. You...

Q: Sephertine belt came off

You only need to replace the water pump pulley if it is bent or damaged. Check all your pulleys to see if any are out of alignment. It is possible that the tensioner is not working properly, allowing the...

Q: What precautions should I observe when driving?

Getting out on the road is the entire point of owning a vehicle. However, you need to ensure that you’re doing it correctly. If you’re unfamiliar with the controls in the car, or you’re not using the right driving techniques,...

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...