Your car, truck, or SUV’s water pump is one of the most important parts in your automobile. The water pump usually lasts about 100,000 miles, after which you may run into problems. Mike’s Auto Service & Repair can inspect your water pump if you suspect that it’s going out. Here are signs that you have a problem with the water pump or, possibly, another cooling system part.
Coolant Circulation Problems
As we said above, the water pump is crucial, and the reason why is that it circulates the coolant through the engine. Without coolant, heat is not drawn away from the engine and it will overheat. If the water pump is malfunctioning and cannot circulate the engine coolant to dissipate the heat that is building up in the engine, your engine will get hotter than 220 degrees Fahrenheit, its maximum temperature.
Engine coolant comes in many colors. It can be blue, bluish-green, green, orange, red, and even yellow. Know the color of your engine coolant so you can determine if it is leaking from your automobile. The water pump can develop leaks as it ages and you’ll notice the coolant leaking onto your garage floor from the front and center area of your engine.
Because the water pump deals with coolant, it can rust and grime can build up around the pump if the pump has minor leaks. Eventually, the rust will pit the water pump’s body, which is made of metal. Older water pumps can actually rust through and coolant will leak out of them just as older radiators can suffer from the same problem.
Whining coming from your engine rather than the backseat that increases the faster you go could be coming from the water pump. It’s possible that the serpentine belt that powers the water pump could be too loose or it might need a new tensioner. Grinding or growling sounds indicate that the internal bearings of the water pump are going bad.
Naturally, if the water pump is going bad, your engine will get too hot. Depending on the severity of the water pump failure or how hot your engine gets, you may also end up with steam flowing out from underneath the hood. It’s important to stop driving your automobile and turn it off when it gets this hot. These temperatures damage the engine severely.
Mike’s Auto Service & Repair in West Springfield, MA, can inspect your water pump and serpentine belt to see if these are the reasons why your engine is running too hot. No matter the problem, we can fix it, so give us a call today.