When your car is running it's important that it maintains the proper temperature, which is why the water pump is so important. Not only does it pump water, as the name suggests, but it also pumps coolant into the engine when needed.
If your engine is not kept at the proper temperature, the engine can suffer some rather serious and irreversible damage. A good way to tell if your water pump is working properly is to keep an eye on the engine temperature. Are you getting any high readings? In addition, check for leaks where you park. It could be leaking, water, coolant, or a combination of both.
Keep these important tips in mind about water pumps:
Only replace with a new part: This is not a part you can repair, or just switch out with a used part. If there is leaking, then you need to purchase a brand new water pump in order to ensure that it performs properly.
Refer to your owners manual: There is a wide selection of water pumps available on the market, so as always it's best to refer to your owner's manual. These pumps vary in pricing and quality.
A water pump plays an important role in maintaining the proper engine temperature in your vehicle. If you suspect it is leaking or failing, it’s time to get it replaced.
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This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy a Good Quality Water Pump and was authored by Valerie Johnston.