If your car’s water pump fails, you should have it replaced immediately. If necessary, a mechanic at an auto repair shop can help. The signs of a failing water pump will be listed below so you know what to look for in your car, truck, or SUV.
Corroded Water Pump
Corrosion on the water pump indicates that it is leaking slowly. Engine coolant is leaking from the water pump and accumulating around it. The coolant will solidify into a gel and slowly eat away at the metal of the water pump. Unfortunately, this will cause the pump’s metal housing to corrode or rust. Even with this minor leak, the water pump must be replaced, or you will face serious problems.
Leaking Engine Coolant
The pump will begin to leak more as the corrosion eats away at it. Coolant puddles or spots will appear on the garage floor beneath the front of your car. Because the water pump leak will reduce coolant levels in the engine, adding coolant to the cooling system will not help. It will just leak out of the water pump. If you notice these signs, it is time to get the pump replaced.
Poor Coolant Circulation
The coolant is circulated through the engine by the water pump. This coolant collects the heat generated by the engine and keeps the engine’s operating temperature below 220°F. This is the maximum temperature recommended for a gasoline-powered engine. However, diesel engines generate more heat. A faulty water pump may not be able to circulate coolant through the engine to keep it cool.
Grinding or Whining Noises
A faulty water pump may also start making noises from the front of the engine. If the internal mechanisms of a water pump are worn out, it will make a grinding noise. It is possible that the grinding will sound like growling. The accessory belt to which the pump is attached is likely too loose if you hear whining or squealing from the engine.
Finally, your engine overheating is the most obvious sign that the water pump is failing. If the coolant levels are too low due to a leaking water pump, the water is not circulating the coolant through the engine, or the water pump is barely circulating the coolant through the engine, the engine will overheat. In fact, every time you drive your car, your engine will overheat.
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