Saving money is everybody's top concern nowadays, especially for car owners. If they can save on gas, repair and maintenance costs, they will. One way by which car owners can save money is by replacing their car's water pump.
Essentially there are two main reasons a car's water pump will need replacement. One is the normal wear and tear; the water pump will need replacement every 100,000 miles or so. The next one is a leak in the water pump or anywhere in the car's cooling system. Usually noise is an indication that your water pump needs replacement. Smell is another indication that you need to replace your water pump. If you smell a hint of coolant emanating from your car's hood, then you probably have a leaky water pump or radiator. More often than not, coolants leak from the water pump so the water pump also needs replacement.
To find out whether you car's water pump needs a replacement, spread pieces of white paper under your car before you go to bed at night. If it's wet with liquid by morning, you definitely have a leaky water pump. If it's wet with something green, then your coolant is leaking, probably from the water pump. You can have it serviced by an auto mechanic and pay at least $300 for parts and labor, or you can learn how to fix it yourself and save money. If you want to try the latter option, here's what you need to do.
Buy parts that you will need, including water pumps, sealant, and a water pump gasket in an auto parts shop. CarParts.com sells auto parts at affordable prices. You can also try buying water pumps from those that manufacture submersible pumps, pump wells, air pumps, oil pumps, and pond pumps.
- Drain the radiator and the water pump. Put a pan under the car that will collect the drained water.
- Disengage any belts, brackets and pulley attached to the water pump using a set of pliers.
- Remove the water pump and rid the engine of any gasket material left.
- Apply a small bead of sealant such as RTV silicone on the engine side of the new water pump gasket and the surface where the water pump will be placed. Let it settle for about 10 minutes or so.
- Install the water pump and gasket in a manner that is similar to how the original one was installed.
- Reattach belts, brackets, and a pulley to the water pump. Use a thread sealant for the nuts and bolts to ensure that there will be no leakage later.
- Connect the radiator with the water pump and fill it with coolant or water.
- Test your water pump for leaks by checking for leaks using the paper method described above.
When replacing you car's water pump, make sure that you look for specific instructions for your car. Not all cars are built the same so there may be special instructions for replacing the water pump of your car.