How do you know when you need a new water pump for your car? You’ll know something’s wrong if your car’s engine starts to overheat when it shouldn’t. A leaking or faulty water pump that isn’t repaired right away can cause massive damage to your engine and it should never be ignored. Many newer cars have safety features that won’t even allow you to drive the vehicle if something that serious is wrong. In addition, you may need to replace head gasket or get a new timing belt if the coolant system isn’t properly maintained. All of those repairs can add up to a hefty price tag.

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Do you suspect something’s wrong with your water pump? There are a few easy ways to be sure. Give your car some time to rest — probably overnight — and check to make sure nothing’s leaking. If you’re noticing a regular leak near the engine, especially if the engine’s running, then you make have a coolant leak, which is the first indicator that you may need a new water pump. Is your car making strange noises? Pop the hood and listen while the engine’s running. If there are any grinding noises, that’s not a great sign, but it’s often difficult for home mechanics to locate the exact source of the sound. It’s best to bring it in so the experts can have a look.

It’s possible that you’re not dealing with a major repair, and that’s always good to know sooner rather than later so it can be taken care of before it becomes a big deal. It’s much easier and less expensive to replace a head gasket than install a completely new water pump. A new water pump and labor costs can climb anywhere from $300-$700 or more depending on how bad it is and where you go, so it’s a much better idea to keep up with routine maintenance and fix any small problems before they cause serious damage.

As always, prevention is the best cure. It’s a good idea to find a reliable independent auto garage, like Signal Garage, that is more focused on maintaining your car than replacing parts before they need to be replaced. We’re always focused on customer experience first. When you come see us, you’re part of our family, and we always treat our family well. If you have any water pump or engine questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or set up an appointment.