What is a Water Pump all about?
The water pump, a container made of aluminum or iron, is part of the cooling system. It contains an impeller (looks like a fan) that circulates water and coolant throughout the cooling system, keeping the engine from overheating. It is located in the engine compartment. For the water pump to work, it needs to turn. This is accomplished either by the drive belt or timing belt/chain. If the water pump is not working, the coolant will not circulate through the cooling system causing the engine to overheat and get severe damages.
How it's done:
- Pressure test the cooling system for leaks.
- Remove and replace the water pump if bad.
- Fill with new coolant.
- Install new radiator cap.
- Install new thermostat.
- Test drive car.
If you see coolant (green, red, or yellow fluid) underneath your car, have the cooling system inspected for leaks. Always keep up with the service intervals as specified by the manufacturer and get the coolant replaced. It is a good practice to get the coolant replaced every 50,000 miles. This will help ensure a long life for the water pump and the entire cooling system.
What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Water Pump?
- Coolant (green, red or yellow fluid) is leaking.
- Car is overheating.
- Car does not start.