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Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

For many people, their cars are their pride and joy. As with any vehicle, there are a lot of moving parts that can wear out over time, causing expensive and potentially dangerous damage. One of these parts is a water pump.

A car's water pump is usually located underneath the belt on the side of the engine and it keeps coolant flowing through the engine to maintain a safe temperature. With such a vital role, its important to repair any damage as soon as possible. Here are some common signs that your water pump is failing.

Coolant Leak

If you leave your car overnight and notice a green or red puddle towards the front of the vehicle in the morning, this could indicate a failed seal or gasket in your water pump.

A slow leak may not leave such an obvious puddle so you should look out for a build up of gelled coolant deposit.

Whining Noise

A high pitched whining noise coming from the front of your motor as you drive or slow to a stop is usually caused by a loose belt. This could indicate that the bearings that operate the water pump are wearing out and may need replacing.


Since it's the water pump's job to prevent your engine overheating, this is possible the most obvious symptom that yours is failing. In fact, overheating happens when your water pump has failed completely and so if you see your temperature gauge rising too high, you should pull over and call a mechanic.

If left unattended, an overheated engine can lead to a cracked engine block, cracked cylinder heads and burnt pistons.


As a proud car owner, you probably don't need to be told that steam coming from any part of your car isn't a good sign. If you notice steam coming from the motor as you drive, you should pull over immediately and call a mechanic. Steam is a clear sign of an overheated engine and, in turn, a failed water pump.

Getting Your Water Pump Repaired

While repairing or replacing a water pump isn't a cheap or easy job, having it done as soon as you notice damage is extremely important. Not only is it dangerous to drive with the risk of overheating your engine, fixing or replacing your water pump early will save you money in the long term as it will prevent damage to engine parts, which can be more difficult and expensive to repair.

If you need a water pump repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!

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