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What Are the Signs of a Faulty Water Pump

When you find coolant/antifreeze under your car, it can be quite concerning. Since your cooling system comprises various parts, it can be hard to pinpoint on your own. Leaking coolant can be a symptom of a failing water pump.


Water pumps play a vital role in circulating coolant fluid from the radiator to the engine. Nowadays, they have a pulley system that relies on a series of belts, hoses, and bearings to move the fluid. However, some water pumps can get their energy from the electrical system. Over time, the water pump can malfunction. Read on to learn more about the signs of a failing water pump:

  • Smoking and overheating - If you see smoke emanating from your vehicle, it is likely that it is a fault in the cooling system. You can tell when your car is overheating by referencing the temperature gauge located on your dash.
  • Weird sounds - The engine can make unusual sounds when something is wrong. It can make knocking sounds when you have bad bearings around the engine. Keeping your car in distress can cause long-term engine damage.
  • Leaks - The obvious sign of a bad water pump is leaking water. The water can sometimes drip near the front of your engine. If you notice this, please take it to our auto repair shop soon.

We invite you to take your vehicle in for service when you notice these signs above. Our certified mechanics can quickly pinpoint the issue and determine if the water pump is affected. Don’t wait until it’s too late and prevent a potential breakdown. Please call or visit Woodie’s Auto Service and Repair Center today.

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