Here are some common symptoms that hint towards having a bad water pump:
- Coolant leak at the front-center of your car.
- Water pump pulley is loose and making whining sounds.
- Engine is overheating.
- Steam coming from your radiator.
How much does it cost to replace a water pump?
Cost to replace a water pump
According to CostHelper, water pump replacement averages $300 to $750, depending on the make and model and labor costs. The water pump itself may only cost $50 to $100, but labor can run between $200 and $450, depending on the difficulty level of reaching the pump.
Can you drive a car without a water pump?
To answer your first question, yes, it is very possible to drive a car without a water pump. If you plan on keeping your car, then you definitely need to have a new water pump installed, flush out the coolant system, and make sure all the coolant hoses are clean and free of holes.
How does a water pump work in a car?
The water pump is a simple centrifugal pump driven by a belt connected to the crankshaft of the engine. The pump circulates fluid whenever the engine is running. The water pump uses centrifugal force to send fluid to the outside while it spins, causing fluid to be drawn from the center continuously.
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