You can count on C & C Automotive for all of your auto service needs including a new water pump. If you drive a vehicle that is 10 years old or older, the factory water pump is reaching the end of its life. We are going to list below the signs that the water pump is going bad and needs to be replaced. Do not worry. We’ve got this and all other services covered at one of our five automotive shops.
Corrosion on the Pump
One thing that we recommend is that you pop the hood and inspect the water pump if you drive an older vehicle. You are looking for corrosion on the pump. The reason why you are looking for this is that this is a sign that the pump has a slow leak and engine coolant is pooling around the pump. Unfortunately, the coolant will eat through the pump’s metal and you will end up with…
Leaking Engine Coolant
When this happens, the coolant will drip onto the garage floor. Depending on the severity of the leak, you may only see some spots of coolant or you may have a puddle of coolant. Check the coolant level to make sure it isn’t too low. Do this when the engine is cold. Never check the coolant when the engine is hot. If the level is too low, do not drive your automobile because the engine will overheat.
Reduced Coolant Circulation
Even if the water pump is not making coolant, you may still end up with an overheating engine if the pump is no longer circulating the coolant through it at the proper pressure. Sometimes, when a water pump dies, the coolant circulation is reduced or there is no coolant circulation at all.
Strange Engine Noises
Your water pump may also let you know that it is going bad by making strange noises in the front of the engine. Usually, the sound that a dying water pump makes is grinding or growling.
Finally, if the water pump is unable to circulate the coolant through the engine, or if it is leaking, you will end up with an overheating engine every time you drive your automobile.
C & C Automotive has five – five! – auto service shops to help you with all of your automotive needs. If you live in Georgia, visit our West or Downtown Augusta or Martinez shop. If you live in South Carolina, you’ll find us in Columbia and Warrenville.