The water pump is an important part of your car. It’s responsible for moving water from the radiator through the engine and maintaining a certain temperature throughout the engine. The pump ensures that the engine DOES NOT overheat and remains cool even with stressful driving.
One of the first signs of a potentially faulty water pump is leakage of coolant on a parked car. The pump is made up of several different gaskets and seals that can dry out, crack or break. When this happens, the coolant will leak from the pump. If you see a green or blue liquid when a car has been sitting for a while, bring your car to GoMechanic as soon as possible. Our trained mechanics will be able to identify the issue in a jiffy and quickly replace the gaskets and seals.
When the water pump has a small leak, there will be a gradual build-up of rust on the pump itself. This can be caused by using a non-compatible coolant or a defective pressure cap that lets air into the system. This will make your pump less efficient at moving coolant through the engine and lead to complete failure. If you see rust building up around your pump, it’s time to take your car in to get the water pump replaced.
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Whining Belt Noise
There’s a chance that an annoying, high-pitched sound is caused by a loose accessory belt. Loose belts are often the result of a loose pulley or bearings that require tightening or replacement. If you hear a whining sound at the front of your engine, take your vehicle in for inspection to avoid the risk of breaking the water pump.
Several belts in your engine, including a serpentine belt, can cause severe damage to your engine if they slip or break. Roll your car into a GoMechanic workshop and set yourself free of any such worries.
Rising temperatures on the gauge may mean that your water pump is counting its last breaths. An overheating car is in itself a dangerous place to be in, so this is an important sign to look out for. If you notice quick-rising temperatures, avoid driving the car for too long and give a call to us here GoMechanic for a hassle-free repair.
Smoke from the Hood
If you see steam coming out from under the hood, it’s a sign that the water pump has completely failed. When a water pump completely fails, it is no longer able to move coolant through the engine, resulting in overheating and that causes steam. Driving an overheated car may cause some serious damage and even engine failure.
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