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What is a water pump and how does it work?
The water pump is an engine accessory bolted to the engine, above the crankshaft pulley. It is driven by a belt or chain and circulates engine coolant through the cooling system passageways in the engine block and cylinder head, on to the radiator, where the coolant temperature is reduced. Once the coolant is reduced, it flows back to the water inlet on the engine and the water pump continues the cycle.
When can car water pump problems become concerning?
- The coolant is overheating or leaking. The water pump impeller shaft is supported by a bearing. Eventually, the bearing or seal can wear down and leak or damage the impeller. Many water pumps have leakages near the pump bearing and when this car water pump problem becomes significant, then it's time to replace the pump.
- The bearing is making noise. If the water pump shaft isn’t turning smoothly or the pump is noisy, the bearing is excessively worn and this is a major car water pump problem that can only be fixed by replacing the pump is necessary.
What do mechanics handle car water pump problems?
If the car water pump problems are very significant then the water pump will need to be replaced. How the replacement is done depends on whether the pump is driven by the timing belt, serpentine belt, or chain.
- On an idle engine, the engine coolant is drained to a level below the water pump.
- Parts like the belt and the chain directly below the belt are removed.
- The bolts holding the pump to the engine are removed and the pump is pulled out.
- The gasket surface is cleaned and the pump mounting surface is inspected. If necessary, a new gasket, rubber seal, or RTV sealant, is installed and then the new pump. The bolts are torqued in sequential order using a calibrated inch pound torque wrench.
- In cases where the water pump is driven by the timing belt, the timing belt must also be removed. Usually, this involves removing the crankshaft pulley, timing belt covers, and timing belt tensioner. After installing the new pump, new coolant is added and all air is removed from the cooling system. Our certified mechanic will then run the engine bring it to normal operating temperature to check for leaks and ensure that the engine temperature is normal.
Is it safe to drive with car water pump problems?
No. If the leakage is minor, then the car can be driven; however, it is highly not recommended because a small leak can expand rapidly or a pump bearing can seize, resulting in engine overheating problems and consequent engine damage.
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