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What Does Your Vehicle’s Water Pump Do?

Your vehicle’s water pump is a vital component of your cooling system. It makes sure your engine runs at an optimal temperature by controlling the amount of coolant flowing through the engine, hoses, and radiator. A belt from the crankshaft is responsible for powering the water pump so that the antifreeze mixture continues to flow into the engine block to keep it running smoothly.


Maintaining a water pump is just a part of cooling system maintenance. Before anything else, you should always make sure that you have enough coolant in your car. The role of antifreeze/coolant is to keep temperatures cool and to act as a rust inhibitor for your cooling system components. If you lack coolant, it can overwork your water pump, leading to failures. 


Signs You Need Your Water Pump Replaced

  • Engine overheating
  • Coolant leaks
  • Whining or grinding noises under the hood
  • Corroded water pump

Typically, water pumps can last anywhere between 60,000 to 90,000 miles. It can last longer with quality and routine maintenance. If you need assistance with water pump repairs, please do not hesitate to call or visit RM Automotive. We are the top choice for dependable auto service and repairs in Northridge, CA.