How Many Miles Will I Get Out of My Car’s Water Pump?

The factory-installed water pump will last much longer than you might think if you take care of your automobile. The average lifespan of a water pump is 100,000 miles. Some last even longer than that. Del Hatt Automotive can replace your car, truck, or C/SUV’s water pump when it needs it. Your automobile will give you signs that the water pump is going bad. We are going to list these signs below so you know what to look for both on the water pump itself and when driving your automobile.

Corroded Pump Housing

The water pump’s housing will corrode if the water pump has a minor leak. A minor leak causes coolant to pool around the pump rather than drip onto the garage floor. You will be able to see this corrosion if you visually inspect the water pump. You will see rust on the pump’s housing as well as pinholes and pits in severe cases. This is a sign that your water pump needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Ignoring the minor leak will cause the rest of the problems listed below.

Leaking Engine Coolant

A minor leak in a water pump can turn into a major leak and your engine will lose coolant. You will know you’ve got a coolant leak because you’ll see puddles or spots on the garage floor that are the same color as your engine’s coolant. As with the minor leak, it’s crucial you get your water pump replaced right away when it is leaking coolant onto the garage floor. This leak will definitely reduce the coolant levels in the engine and cause it to overheat.

Reduced Coolant Circulation

The water pump is the cooling system part that circulates the coolant through the engine. It’s the cooling system’s heart. As with poor blood circulation, poor coolant circulation can cause all kinds of health problems with your engine. The most common being overheating. We can inspect your engine while it’s running to see whether the coolant is circulating and how well.

Growling or Whining Sounds

You might also hear growling noises coming from your engine if the water pump has gone bad. This is an indication that the internal mechanisms have worn out and the pump needs to be replaced. The pump is attached to your vehicle’s accessory belt, and the belt can affect the pump operation, as well. Whining sounds, especially when you start your automobile, indicate that the belt is too loose.

Constant Overheating

Finally, as we mentioned above, all of these problems can cause your engine to overheat constantly. You need to have the proper levels of coolant in the engine to keep the temperature down. This coolant needs to be circulated through the engine to keep the temperature down. Failure of the water pump will cause your engine to overheat constantly.

Call Del Hatt Automotive in Poughkeepsie, NY, today if you believe your automobile has a faulty water pump. We can replace it.

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