The water pump in your vehicle's engine has a very important job. The water pump helps to push coolant from the radiator throughout the cooling system. This coolant protects the engine from overheating, so without the water pump, your engine would likely overheat and become damaged from extremely high temperatures.
Water pumps are typically built to last, but like all car parts, can wear down and fail over time. Water pumps have a long lifespan but it is often recommended to replace them at the same time you replace the timing belt, since the timing belt is what powers the water pump. Most vehicles require that the timing belt be replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles, depending on the make and model of your vehicle.
If it's time to replace your vehicle's water pump, you may notice the following symptoms:
- Engine overheating
- Coolant leak
- Loose water pump pulley
- Steam coming from the radiator
If you due suspect that your vehicle is due for a water pump replacement, bring your vehicle into the experts here at A-1 Auto Repair today. We will perform a full visual inspection of the the engine to determine the exact cause of the issue.