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What Are the Symptoms of a Damaged Water Pump?

Your water pump is located under your vehicle's hood, and it is responsible for keeping your car running efficiently. Your car engine comprises several components that are constantly moving and working to generate a staggering amount of friction and heat. To be specific, the water pump plays a vital role in your vehicle's cooling system by moving coolant from the radiator and transporting it to the engine to keep its components at an optimum temperature.


When you have a failing water pump, your engine is at a high risk of overheating. An overheating engine can cause damage to the cylinder heads, gaskets, and pistons. In other words, if you neglect the water pump, it may lead to catastrophic engine damage. A faulty water pump will usually exhibit the following symptoms: 


Leaking Coolant

Your car's water pump comprises seals and gadgets to facilitate a constant flow of the coolant from the radiator to the engine block. Over time, these parts can loosen up, wear out, break or crack. When any of these happens, the coolant will leak from the system and onto the ground. If you notice a colorful solution on the floor beneath where you parked, be sure to take your car to Dave's Automotive for a thorough inspection.


Rust and Deposit on Water Pump

If overlooked, the leaks caused by the damaged pump can lead to a sludge build-up, scale, and rust. Build-up can happen when car owners use the wrong type of coolant or when the pressure cup is damaged, permitting air to flow into the system. 


Whining Sound

If you notice a whining noise when you step on the gas pedal, then it is probably a sign that you have a loose accessory belt. If the sound seems like it is coming from your engine, you may want to leave your car to an auto expert for an inspection to bypass a heavy blow from a faulty water pump.


Please be more conscientious of your vehicle's condition to maintain the value and longevity of your car. If you need a water pump repair or a full-point inspection, we invite you to contact us or visit Dave's Automotive LLC today.

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