Adventure Spoiled by a Water Pump Failure
You decided to take the advice in a local news article and try a new sport - ice climbing. But you didn't make it to your first climb. Because, as you were headed to the park, your car began running hot. And then steam came rising from under the hood.
Steam coming from under your hood is a prime signal that your water pump has died.
When steam is apparent, then that's telling you that your engine is too hot and needs to shut down before damage happens. As a matter of fact, once you see steam coming from under the hood, it is likely your engine has already suffered damage, knowhow.napaonline.com says.
The water pump is the part of the car's cooling system that is tasked with keeping the engine from becoming too hot while running. And, it is an important part of the engine. Therefore, if the water pump dies, then the engine might follow - and quickly.
At the very least, a damaged water pump can allow too much heat to reach the engine. And, that can leave you with melted, warped engine parts that don't function.
Signs the Water Pump has Failed
Indications that your water pump is failing include a puddle under the car and a whining noise. You know your vehicle has overheated when steam starts coming from under the hood. These are the two classic signs of water pump failure. And, if your water pump breaks or fails, you'll need to get it fixed as soon as possible. Because leaving it risks losing your entire engine.
The fastest and easiest way to repair or replace your water pump is to take it to the auto care technicians at one of Madison Auto Care's seven NAPA service centers: CLAUSEN AUTO, HANDEL AUTO, GENIN’S AUTO, CAPITOL TIRE, HANSEN’S AUTO, ODANA TIRE, or AESCHBACH AUTO.