Most people know the importance of changing the oil regularly to keep their vehicles running smoothly. However, few think of the coolant system, the water pump, and their role in keeping them safe on the road. The water pump ensures that the coolant runs consistently through the hoses, engine block, and radiator, ensuring that each is kept at a safe temperature.
Unfortunately, if the water pump is not working right, the engine will overheat in summer or freeze during winter. This damages cylinder heads, gaskets, and pistons and, eventually, the death of the entire engine. Here are some signs that a pump is failing:
- Leaking Coolant: If you find a puddle of the coolant where you have parked your car, this may point to a faulty water pump. Various seals and gaskets in the water pump may break, crack or dry out, letting the coolant out of the pump. If you see a puddle of pink, orange, blue, or green liquid on the spot you had parked the car, take it to a repair shop.
- Dust buildup on the pump: You may also notice a buildup of gunk or dust particles at some point on the pump. This is a sign of a small leak on the surface of the pump. It may also show that the pressure cap is defective and is allowing air into the system. Lift the hood regularly and check inside the vehicle.
- Noise: The car may start to whine when you accelerate. In most cases, this may be a sign of a loose accessory belt. However, it may also be a sign of a failing water pump. Even if the water pump is okay, do not ignore any whining sounds coming from the vehicle.
- Overheating: It is good to look at the temperature gauge as you drive. If you find it rising, it means that the cooling system has a problem. In most cases, it is a problem with the water pump. If you fail to address the issue, the engine may fail due to overheating.
If you need water pump repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!