Water Pump Replacement at your home or office in El Cajon.

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Chet

Chet

38 years of experience
393 reviews
Chet
38 years of experience
Chet went above and beyond to help me get my vehicle running originally booked appointment for one issue once he got here he noticed it was something else needless to say everything was fixed in a timely manner I would definitely use his services again.
Pete

Pete

13 years of experience
174 reviews
Pete
13 years of experience
Pete is an excellent mechanic and a great guy. He went out of his way to get the job completed under pressure and under the scorching hot sun. He's my guy from now on!
Jerimiah

Jerimiah

16 years of experience
207 reviews
Jerimiah
16 years of experience
Another awesome job Jerimiah did for me in the past. Thanks again. Highly recommend this guy to anyone in need of a car repair.
Duane

Duane

22 years of experience
323 reviews
Duane
22 years of experience
Did a great job ! Very friendly :)
Carlos

Carlos

13 years of experience
362 reviews
Carlos
13 years of experience
I'm confident Carlos can fix any problem your car has. Not on is he knowledgeable, but he does effiecient and effective work. The kind of guy to go above and beyond in his work.
Dia

Dia

30 years of experience
25 reviews
Dia
30 years of experience
Dias was early which was great. He was courteous and professional. Would love for him to work on my car again
MARK

MARK

26 years of experience
18 reviews
MARK
26 years of experience
Got the job and gave great advice.
Clifton

Clifton

27 years of experience
189 reviews
Clifton
27 years of experience
Clifton was awesome! Showed up an hour early and was quick, efficient, professional, and friendly. Price was exactly what was quoted. We definitely will use Your Mechanic again and request Clifton specifically! Thanks!
Carl

Carl

7 years of experience
6 reviews
Carl
7 years of experience
Always get exceptional work from Yourmechanic
Jeff

Jeff

30 years of experience
439 reviews
Jeff
30 years of experience
The best in town


How much does Water Pump Replacement cost in El Cajon?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in El Cajon. Our mechanics in El Cajon are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office in El Cajon.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe $455 $287.00 $167.97 11% $512.75
2007 Hyundai Tucson $378 $137.96 $239.97 17% $460.46
2009 Dodge Ram 1500 $271 $127.35 $143.98 15% $320.85
2010 Cadillac CTS $631 $471.30 $159.98 8% $686.30
2006 BMW X3 $316 $140.01 $175.97 16% $376.51
2013 Chevrolet Corvette $615 $471.30 $143.98 7% $664.80

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Water Pump Replacement Service

What is a water pump and how does it work?

The water pump is a belt or chain-driven engine accessory bolted to the engine above the crankshaft pulley. The pump housing has an impeller that circulates engine coolant through the cooling system passageways in the engine block and cylinder head, on to the radiator, where the coolant temperature is reduced. . The lower temperature coolant then flows back to the water inlet on the engine and the water pump continues the cycle.

When to consider replacing the water pump:

  • Coolant leaks or overheating. The water pump impeller shaft is supported by a bearing. Eventually, the bearing or seal can wear and leak or damage the impeller. Many water pumps have weep holes near the pump bearing. If you see significant leakage from that weep hole, it is time to replace the pump.
  • Bearing roughness or noise. If the water pump shaft does not turn smoothly or the pump is noisy, the bearing is excessively worn. Pump replacement will be necessary.
  • Timing belt replacement. In engines where the water pump is driven by the timing belt, it is a good idea to replace the water pump at the same time the timing belt is replaced. The extensive work explains why it is always recommended to replace the water pump whenever the mechanic already has these components removed for regularly scheduled timing belt replacement.

How do mechanics replace the water pump?

  • The water pump is usually bolted to the front of the engine. The replacement procedure will vary depending on whether the pump is driven by the timing belt, the serpentine belt, or chain.
  • On a cold engine, the engine coolant is drained to a level below the water pump.
  • Components that require removing to access the water pump are removed, including the belt or chain that directly drive the pump.
  • The bolts holding the pump to the engine are removed and the pump is pulled out.
  • The gasket surface must be cleaned and the pump mounting surface inspected. A new gasket, rubber seal, or RTV sealant, as required, is installed and then the new pump. The bolts are torqued in sequence using a calibrated inch pound torque wrench.
  • For applications where the water pump is driven by the timing belt, the timing belt must be removed. Typically, this requires removal of the crankshaft pulley, timing belt covers, and timing belt tensioner. Once the new pump is installed, new coolant is added back while bleeding the cooling system of any air. The engine is then run and brought to normal operating temperature to check for leaks and ensure normal operating temperature.

Is it safe to drive with a water pump problem?

No. Should the water pump only leak a little bit, you can drive the car. However, a small leak could suddenly enlarge or the pump bearing might unexpectedly seize. Either circumstance would likely cause engine overheating. If a defective water pump causes the overheating, it is not safe to drive because of the damage to the engine.

When replacing the water pump keep in mind:

  • It is best to install a new cooling system thermostat when you install a new water pump, especially if the thermostat is old or original.
  • Completely flushing the cooling system is a good idea when you replace the water pump. Flushing can be done before or after pump replacement.
  • The rest of the cooling system should be inspected too — particularly rubber hoses, which have a limited lifetime.

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