Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

Cars simply cannot go and go without some sort of maintenance. One of the first things to go would be the water pump with a telltale hissing and possibly smoke being emitted.

Without the water pump working, the motor of the engine will not function. While the water pump might just seem like a simple part of your car and not very important, it is by definition a key extension of the car that can't be forgotten or left out of the vehicle's ongoing maintenance. Water pumps work in an intricate way.

A car's water pump takes up water and coolant from the radiator and moves it through the engine back to the radiator for the water to cool down before the same cycle then repeats itself again. By the continuous recycling of the water through the engine, the engine does not overheat in hot climates or freeze over in colder climates. All of these actions could simply not be achieved without the water pump.

When the engine turns on the water pump's belt turns the water pump's axle. The axle in turn is connected to vanes that also rotate with the axle that creates a further turning motion and suction that pulls water from and it into the radiator, keeping it warm or cooling it down.

One of the first signs you will notice is the warning light on for your engine telling you that the car is overheating. There may be a low grinding noise noticeable when the engine is on too, which may indicate that the water pump's bearings are eroded as well.

Steam coming from the radiator is a clear sign and coolant leaking from the front center area of the car is also a sure sign of a faulty water pump.

A further indicator is when the water pump pulley is loose and the engine makes a whining sound but the most obvious sign is the engine overheating and a sure indication that something is wrong with the water pump.

If you believe you need water pump replacement, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!