Ask The Tech: My Water Pump Went Out

Has this happened to you?

“I was driving on the freeway in Illinois and my Car or SUV engine started to get hot. I turned off my air conditioner and was able to drive about 80 miles to my meeting and then found a shop in Plainfield. It turns out that my water pump was leaking. It cost me many hundreds of dollars to get it fixed. What could I have done to avoid this?”napasa-water-pump-oct-2013

This guy’s story really did have a happy ending. When you continue driving when your engine’s overheating you risk a catastrophic engine failure. It really is a good idea to pull over and let your Car or SUV engine cool down before driving again. If you add water or coolant, be sure your engine is cool or you risk serious burns.

Now there’s no way for Plainfield car owners to predict when their water pump will fail – they just wear out. This fellow’s water pump replacement was more expensive because his water pump is driven by his timing belt. That requires a lot of hours to get to the water pump and then put everything back on the engine.

A money saving tip from Douglas Automotive Repair, Inc.: if your water pump is driven by your timing belt – replace the pump when you have your scheduled timing belt replacement. That way most of the work is already done and you don’t have to pay for it twice.

Not sure when your timing belt should be replaced?  We can help. Give us a call today! Visit our website to take advantage of an instant rebate on the replacement of your timing belt and water pump. (For a limited time.)

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