Your car’s coolant system has one main job: to dissipate heat from your car’s engine and drive components and prevent heat-related damage to your car. Without that coolant flowing through the various coolant system components and metal parts heat up, expand, and cause damage.
Your car’s water pump is like the ‘heart’ of that system – blades inside the pump (also known as an impeller) constantly work to pump the coolant throughout the cooling components, helping to dissipate heat from the system.
However, like all things, water pumps don’t last forever, and their failure can allow the engine to overheat and cause considerable damage that is very costly to repair. On vehicles where the water pump is driven by a timing belt, professional mechanics suggest replacing the water pump at the same time as the timing belt service to avoid a costly car water pump repair later on.
Signs That You May Need a Water Pump Repair
A water pump can go out without warning, but sometimes there are warning signs that a water pump is beginning to fail including:
- A coolant leak at the front-center of your car
- Loud, whining sounds coming from the vehicle
- Steam coming from the radiator
- Vehicle overheating
If you experience any of the signs above, you may need a car water pump repair. Schedule an appointment at your nearest Tire Works location.