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The engine water pump is arguably the most important part of the cooling system. Let’s get one thing straight before you get a little confused: though it’s called an engine water pump, it’s not exclusively pumping water. Usually, the water pump is actually pumping coolant through the engine.
While going through the engine, the coolant absorbs the heat that the engine is created as it works. Kind of like your water at the gym, right? The coolant then passes through the radiator, where the heat is removed from the liquid, allowing it to cool down again, so it can absorb more heat, and keep this happy process rolling along. The engine water pump makes sure that this process keeps on keeping on. This component is necessary for the proper functioning of your car’s cooling system, which is really important.
How important? Imagine working out in a sauna without any water, and tell me how long you can go before you start to break down…
Most engine water pump’s last a good amount of time, but wear and tear can cause them to eventually die, at which point they’ll need to be replaced.
Without that exchange of heat, the temperature of the coolant will rise and rise. And as it does, it will fail to absorb heat from the engine, causing the engine’s temperature to rise and rise. So, if you notice a rising temperature needle on your dashboard, don’t ignore it.
Warning lights are there for a reason. And no, the reason isn’t to annoy you. They’re there to warn you when something’s wrong. Keep your eye open for a warning light telling you that the engine or the coolant are hotter than they should be.
Sweating is good for you, but not good for the engine water pump. Keep a watchful eye out for any leaks under your car. This is general advice, not just engine water pump advice. But if you notice a leak pooling under your car, it could be your coolant, which tends to smell a little fishy, or sometimes a little sweet. That could be the result of an engine water pump that didn’t show up to work.
A failing engine water pump could start making a whining noise. Yes, it’s going to be annoying. But it’s calling on you for help, so be kind and listen. You can also sometimes visibly spot a busted engine water pump. If the pulley that is attached to the engine water pump is looking a little loose, that might be a sign that it’s time for replacement. Additionally, steam coming from the engine could also be a tell-tale sign.Get a Quote 1-Year | 12,000-Mile Warranty
To put it simply, we humans get uncomfortable and start to feel worn out when we’re exposed to high temperatures for a long period of time. So does your car. If we can’t stand being hot for too long, neither can our cars.
Ignoring an engine water pump replacement can lead to catastrophic failure, which leads to a big ol’ dent in your wallet. You don’t want that. Get it replaced as soon as possible.
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