What to know about the Water Pump:
The water pump, a container made of aluminum or iron, is part of the cooling system. It encompasses 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 achieved either by the drive belt or timing belt/chain. If the water pump is not functioning, the coolant will not circulate through the cooling system causing the engine to overheat and get severe damages.
Facts to Note:
When the water pump is changed, the drive belts and timing belt/chain may need to be changed too.
The entire cooling system should be examined when the water pump is changed.
Replacing the thermostat at the same time as the water pump can help avoid future problems.
How to Fix:
Pressure test the cooling system for leaks.
Remove and change the water pump if bad.
Fill with new coolant.
Fix new radiator cap.
Fix new thermostat.
Test drive car.
If you see coolant (green, red, or yellow fluid) underneath your car, have the cooling system checked for leaks. Always keep up with the service intervals as specified by the manufacturer and get the coolant changed. It is a good practice to get the coolant changed every 50,000 miles. This will help ensure a long life for the water pump and the entire cooling system.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to change to replace the Water Pump:
Coolant (green, red or yellow fluid) is leaking.
Car is overheating.
Car does not start.
Importance of this service:
A car’s engine creates so much heat that it can damage itself if it is not cooled down. To prevent this, your vehicle has a cooling system. The water pump is responsible for circulating coolant through the engine. This coolant absorbs heat from the engine, and is then cooled down by a fan. When the water pump malfunctions, the cooling system has no way of sending coolant into the engine, and the engine will overheat, which can cause severe destruction.