The Heart of the Cooling System
Water pumps typically fail one of two ways: the shaft seal starts to leak, or the impeller inside breaks, comes loose or the blades erode and wear down. When a water pump starts to leak, the cooling system will lose coolant. If the leak is not discovered, the loss of coolant will eventually cause the engine to overheat. You may not even realize anything is wrong until the temperature warning light comes on the dash. If this happens to you, shut the engine off immediately as severe engine damage can result if an overheating engine is driven too far.
If your engine overheats, the entire cooling system (radiator, hoses, water pump and engine) must all be inspected for damage. If coolant is leaking out of the water pump shaft or vent hole, the water pump needs to be replaced.
A weak water pump can cause so many problems… and it can be prevented! Have one of our expert technicians inspect your cooling system today!
The fan clutch is a component of the cooling system that varies the fan speed to meet the cooling needs of your engine. Most vehicles use fan clutches to control fan speed because of their ability to provide high volumes of air to cool the radiator & coolant. Fan clutches are one of the least understood cooling components and are rarely inspected.