Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

A water pump in the car actually helps keep your vehicle's engine cool while it's being driven. While it's not required to be replaced immediately, you also don't want to wait too long. So it's important that you look out for the following symptoms below that signal a failing water pump in your vehicle.


What are some symptoms of a failing water pump?

Knowing what to look for with a failing water pump is critical. Look for the following signs that you'll need to get the water pump replaced as soon as possible.


Coolant Leaks

This is one of the most noticeable signs that the water pump may or may not be failing. It usually leaves an orange or green puddle on the ground. To confirm that the water pump is failing, you can also check the oil with the oil dipstick. If it's frothy or thick chocolate, assume you have a water pump leak and get it looked at.


Engine Overheats

If your engine is overheating often, and you figure it was no big deal, think again. An overheating engine is never a good sign, and it typically signals that you should look at the water pump to see if it's leaking. Sometimes the engine will "steam"' too if the water pump is malfunctioning. If it is, it's time to get it repaired soon.


Whining Sounds

If you're hearing the sounds that come from the front of the engine, investigate that. It may mean that there is a loose belt and as it circulates, the whining sounds make itself known. It could also be the bearings in the water pump that's getting worn down. If the bearings are done for, the water pump isn't fixable and will need to be replaced.



These are just some signs of a failing water pump in a vehicle. It's something that you shouldn't ignore because replacing an engine as well is very costly. If you need water pump repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle into Cottman of Waldorf today!

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