Q: What does the water pump in my car do?
A: The water pump circulates coolant through a water-cooled engine by taking water from the radiator and cycling it through the motor back to the radiator. The water pump will keep your motor at a constant temperature, no matter how hot or cold it is outside. The water from the radiator heats up as it makes its way through the motor but it needs the water pump to return it to the radiator, where it can cool down. Otherwise, your engine would overheat. In other words, your car’s water pump keeps the entire cooling system working.
Q: What are the signs my water pump may be failing?
A: Common signs include leaking coolant as found on the ground where you’ve parked, rust or deposit build-up on the pump because of a leak, noise (like whining when you accelerate), overheating (is your engine light on?) or steam billowing out from under the hood.
Q: What happens if the water pump fails completely?
A: Water pump damage can leave you stranded on the side of the road because of overheating the engine, but this can create additional and serious problems for the vehicle engine. You can prevent water pump failure by having it regularly checked by our team. You’ll find the schedule for your vehicle maintenance in your owner’s manual.
Q: Is there a warranty on water pumps?
A: Not all warranties are equal. Ask us about our NAPA Peace of Mind Warranty.
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