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Your Car Will Need a New Water Pump After About 10 Years

Midwest Auto Care is the only auto service shop in Lake Station that you need. We are a full-service shop that can take care of your vehicle’s maintenance and repairs. This includes when the water pump needs to be replaced, which usually happens at about 10 years or 100,000 miles. We are going to list the signs of a bad water pump below.

Corrosion on the Pump

A faulty water pump can develop a leak that you won’t notice at first. The coolant will seep out of the pump and pool around it rather than drip on the garage floor. You won’t have clue that the pump is leaking until it gets corroded and the rust eats through it. Once this happens, you will end up with coolant that you can see on the garage floor.

Leaking Engine Coolant

The leaking engine coolant will either puddle on the floor or leave spots. You will see the coolant underneath the engine in the front. When the leak is severe enough to deposit coolant onto the garage floor, your engine may start to run hotter than it normally does. If you check the coolant level – do so only when your engine is cold – you may see it is lower than normal.

Rotten Circulation

The low coolant level will overheat your engine, but there is one more thing a faulty water pump will do that will make the engine too hot. If the pump can no longer circulate the coolant through the engine using the correct pressure, the engine may become starved of coolant. This can overheat the engine, especially if the pump has died and isn’t pushing the coolant at all.

Strange Engine Noises

Sometimes, the water pump will make strange noises before it dies. If it is wearing out on the inside, it will grind or growl in the front of the engine. Another noise you might hear is squealing, but this doesn’t come from the pump. This can be a sign that the accessory belt to which the pump is attached is too loose. This looseness can affect how well the pump operates.

Overheating Engine

All of the above is going to increase your engine’s temperature. Once the temperature is above 220 degrees Fahrenheit, the engine is officially overheating.

Midwest Auto Care in Lake Station, IN, would be happy to help so set up a service appointment with us today.

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