Maintaining the right operating temperature is crucial to your vehicle’s performance. The water pump works like a heart, pumping or circulating antifreeze and other coolants through your vehicle’s engine components to keep them cool. Without a water pump, cars, trucks, and SUVs would only be able to run for a few minutes before overheating. Get the right parts that fit your vehicle at Remco.
Exactly which components the pump cools differ between makes and models, but they generally include the engine, oil, transmission fluid, and the climate control system. Sometimes the water pump will also cool an alternator, brakes, or a turbocharger, and the battery and EGR system require cooling on hybrid vehicles. Hybrid vehicle water pumps are electric, whereas traditional pumps are centrifugal pumps, driven by a belt or chain that is attached to the engine’s crankshaft.
There are several warning signs for a water pump that is not functioning properly. Most commonly, a leaking water pump shaft seal or housing gasket allows the coolant level to drop, causing the heater to blow cool air and the engine to overheat. Another common failure occurs when the water pump shaft bearing is worn. This causes a growling or roaring sound when the engine is running.
If the high temperature light illuminates or the temperature needle rises to the hot mark, you should shut off your engine as soon as it is safe to do so. Overheating can cause engine failure and serious damage other components, meaning you’ll need to do a lot more work than a water pump replacement.
If your vehicle’s water pump is driven by an external belt or an internal engine timing belt, it is best to replace these items along with the tensioners to lower the chances of trouble later down the road. It is also recommended to replace the coolant, clamps, hoses, and thermostat. Take time to inspect the radiator and radiator cooling fan too.
Remco sells water pumps that are designed to fit your make and model, and we make finding the right parts easy. Whether you need a water pump for a Toyota, or any other vehicle, just enter your vehicle’s year, make, model, and engine up above, and we’ll find the part you’re looking for.