Water Pump Replacement Experts
Every car or truck with liquid cooled engines have a water pump. Water pumps work like a heart in the body supplying much needed engine coolant threw water jackets inside the engine to keep it running at the correct operating temperature The engine is cooled by coolant/antifreeze mixed with water. This mixture circulates around the engine, absorbing some of the heat. The coolant then flows through the radiator where air cools it down for the return trip back through the engine. Your car’s water pump is what drives this process. The precise location of the water pump varies depending on the vehicle. Some have the water pump attached to the outside of the engine where you can see it. With these, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. Some have the water pump driven by the timing belt. The timing belt cover often hides the water pump with this setup, so you can’t see the pump without removing the cover.
When you have Affinity Auto replace the water pump on one of these, you really should consider replacing the timing belt at the same time. We’ve already gotten things taken apart and besides, the belt’s likely been contaminated by coolant. And timing belts usually need to be replaced every 60 to 90,000 miles anyway so it just makes sense to do both jobs at once.
The opposite is true too; when you change the timing belt on this type of engine, replace the water pump while you’re at it. The water pump will eventually fail and getting to it is an expensive project. For not that much more you can take care of both the timing belt and the water pump at the same time.
At Affinity Auto we install quality OEM & Aftermarket NAPA replacement parts, depending on your specific make and model and cost estimate.
Warning Signs your water pump may be failing:
- Strange or louder sounding engine
- Leaking coolant
- Unexplained coolant loss
- Antifreeze puddles under car
- Poor heater performance