Four Signs Your Water Pump Is Failing

Your vehicle’s water pump is crucial to the cooling system. It is the part that circulates the coolant through the engine. You can expect to get at least 100,000 miles out of your vehicle’s pump, but once your car, truck, CUV, or SUV reaches that impressive milestone, it’ll be time to keep an eye out for the following four signs which, according to Auto Solutions, indicate possible pump failure.

Coolant Leaks

There are a few places where coolant may leak from your automobile, but if it’s leaking from the water pump, it will leak from the front of the engine in the center. The pump has both gaskets and seals to contain the antifreeze/coolant while it stores and circulates it. Once these begin to wear down, coolant will leak out of the pump. Engine coolant is usually blue, green, or red in color.

Whining Sounds

If you hear a high-pitched, whining sound coming from your back seat, it’s your kids. If you hear a high-pitched, whining sound coming from the front of the engine, it could be your water pump. The pump uses a belt-and-pulley system, and if the belt or pulley is loose, you will hear buzzing or whining. Internal bearings can also wear down and make noise. The noise will get louder as you pick up speed.

Overheating Engine

If the water pump cannot circulate the coolant through the engine, your engine will overheat. There are other reasons why the engine overheats are not related to the water pump. Still, the bottom line is driving with an overheating engine is dangerous for you and your automobile. Whether the water pump or another problem, have the issue fixed to avoid serious damage, such as cracking the head gasket.

Radiator Steam

Finally, you shouldn’t see steam coming from the front of your engine when you drive. If you do, your car is overheating. A failing or bad water pump cannot circulate the coolant through the engine as it should, resulting in a hot engine and a lot of scalding steam. Pull over immediately and call for a tow truck. You do not want to drive your car, truck, or utility vehicle when it’s running too hot.

Bring your vehicle into Auto Solutions in Orlando, FL. We’d be happy to inspect your cooling system, including the water pump. Set up an appointment today.

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