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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Water Pump

The cooling system has five components: the radiator, the radiator cap, the hoses, the thermostat and the water pump. The water pump is the heart of the system. Your heart keeps blood pumping through your body, and the water pump keeps coolant pumping through your engine. Driven by a belt, chain or gear, the water pump operates while the engine is running. With a limited life span, your water pump needs to be changed sooner or later. Your owner's manual will tell you how long your water pump should last. Most water pumps fail by 100,000 miles, or 160,000 kilometers. Water pumps don't wear out, they fail. They either work or they don't. A failed water pump must be replaced. Water pumps can have leaks or have their bearings fail. Leaks may come from a cracked pump but can develop where they attach to the engine. Listen for a low-pitched grinding coming from the water pump. This means it's time for a new one. If you see coolant leaking in that area, it needs to be replaced. Coolant on you ... read more