AUTONET TV


Engine Hydration for Thousand Oaks Drivers: Role of Your Water Pump

Posted September 3, 2023 10:53 AM

The cooling system in an engine has five components: the radiator, the radiator cap, the hoses, the thermostat and the water pump. The water is literally the heart of the system. Just as your own heart keeps your blood circulating through your body, the water pump keeps coolant circulating through your engine.

The water pump is driven by a belt, chain or gear and only operates while the engine is running. It has a limited life span and sooner or later will have to be replaced. You can check your owner's manual to find out how long your water pump should last. Some can fail at only 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometers), but almost all of them fail by 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers).

Water pumps don't gradually wear out; they fail. In other words, they're either working or they're not. A failed water pump has to be replaced.

Water pumps can fail in two ways: they can spring a leak or their bearings fail. Leaks can come from a cracked pump but usually develop at the gasket where the pump attaches to the engine.

If you hear a low-pitched grinding sound coming from the water pump, it's time for a new one. If you see coolant leaking in the area near the pump, it needs to be replaced. Also, coolant on the driveway could indicate water pump failure. Many water pumps aren't visible because they're under a plastic cover, so you may have to take your vehicle to Niel's Auto Service to know if the water pump has failed. If your water pump is run by the timing belt, then it should be replaced when you replace the belt. Most timing belts need to be replaced at around 60,000 to 90,000 miles (100,000 to 150,000 kilometers). The labor for replacing a timing belt is about 90% the same for replacing a water pump, so it's cost-effective to take care of them both at the same time. Also, if your water pump develops a leak (if it's powered by the timing belt), you have to replace the timing belt as well since contamination by coolant fluid damages the belt. It just makes sense for Thousand Oaks residents to replace both of these parts whenever either one needs it.

Replacing a water pump at Niel's Auto Service is a vehicle care issue that almost all of us Thousand Oaks residents face eventually. They don't last forever. On the other hand, we can extend the life of most of the components of our vehicle through preventive maintenance. Just as exercise and diet keep our heart healthy, regular check-ups and fluid changes will keep our vehicles healthy. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable Niel's Auto Service service advisor.

Niel's Auto Service
49 Taylor Ct Ste B
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
805-379-4040
http://www.nielsautoservice.net



Search



Archive

September 2018 (16)
October 2018 (4)
November 2018 (4)
December 2018 (5)
January 2019 (5)
February 2019 (4)
March 2019 (5)
April 2019 (4)
May 2019 (4)
June 2019 (5)
July 2019 (4)
August 2019 (4)
September 2019 (5)
October 2019 (4)
November 2019 (4)
December 2019 (5)
January 2020 (5)
February 2020 (4)
March 2020 (5)
April 2020 (4)
May 2020 (5)
June 2020 (4)
July 2020 (4)
August 2020 (5)
September 2020 (3)
October 2020 (4)
November 2020 (5)
December 2020 (4)
January 2021 (6)
February 2021 (4)
March 2021 (4)
April 2021 (4)
May 2021 (5)
June 2021 (4)
July 2021 (4)
August 2021 (5)
September 2021 (4)
October 2021 (5)
November 2021 (4)
December 2021 (4)
January 2022 (6)
February 2022 (4)
March 2022 (4)
April 2022 (4)
May 2022 (5)
June 2022 (4)
July 2022 (5)
August 2022 (4)
September 2022 (4)
October 2022 (5)
November 2022 (4)
December 2022 (4)
January 2023 (5)
February 2023 (4)
March 2023 (4)
April 2023 (5)
May 2023 (4)
June 2023 (4)
July 2023 (5)
August 2023 (4)
September 2023 (4)
October 2023 (5)
November 2023 (4)
December 2023 (5)
January 2024 (5)
February 2024 (4)
March 2024 (5)
April 2024 (4)
May 2024 (4)
June 2024 (3)

Categories

Exhaust (8)Keys to a long lasting vehicle (2)Maintenance (32)Air Conditioning (6)Fuel System (27)Fluids (8)Parts (4)Tires and Wheels (29)Cooling System (12)Transmission (5)Service Intervals (6)Brakes (11)Alternator (2)Automotive News (5)Drive Train (6)Dashboard (2)Shocks & Struts (4)Monitoring System (3)Cabin Air Filter (4)Alignment (7)Trip Inspection (2)Fuel Economy (8)Steering (5)Battery (10)Inspection (3)Safety (4)What Customers Should Know (43)Check Engine Light (2)Older Vehicles (3)Service Standards (8)Windshield Wipers (5)Suspension (2)Engine Air Filter (1)Diagnostics (1)Timing Belt (4)Serpentine Belt (3)Diesel Maintenance (1)Auto Safety (3)Oil Change (3)Headlamps (3)Differential Service (2)Emergency Items (1)Water Pump (2)Customer Detective Work (1)Wheel Bearings (1)Safe Driving (1)Brake Service (2)Tire Rotation and Balancing (2)Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down (1)TPMS (1)Spark Plugs (1)Transfer Case Service (1)Tires (2)Winter Prep (2)

Partners

Auto Value CSC - Certified Service Center
BBB (Better Business Bureau)
ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)
SureCritic Reviews
ACDelco Professional Service Center
Bosch
Denso
Motorcraft
Car Care Aware

What our clients are saying about us

We have established longterm and stable partnerships with various clients thanks to our excellence in solving their automotive needs!

I totally trust Neil with all of my car repairs. He recently repaired a power motor that was not working. He is very efficient and fair. He doesn't do any repairs without first asking if you want it done. And his prices are very reasonable. quotes-image
, 03/01/2021
reviewiconHeating and Cooling Services, near Thousand Oaks, CA
Just the best. Trust them completely. If you live within 100 miles it's worth the trip to get them to take care of your auto.quotes-image
, 09/16/2020